Afrobubblegum is a new genre that celebrates fun, frivolous and fantastical African artwork. Through an exploration of the genre, its rules and artists, events and adoption through the continent, it starts a conversation about radical joy and awakened curiosity. Filmmaker and writer, Wanuri Kahiu uses her own work as an exploration of imagination and the Afrobubblegum genre– with an emphasis on work that needs protection from restrictiveFreedom of Expression laws, and how creating the genre has helped carve a space and voice for her work.
Wanuri Kahiu is a filmmaker, speaker, and science fiction writer. Kahiu’s award-winning film RAFIKI, was the first Kenyan film to be invited to Cannes Film Festival and has since won multiple awards across the world. Kahiu is a cultural leader for the World Economic Forum, an advocate for Freedom of Expression, and an AFROBUBBLEGUM activist – championing the need for the creation and curation of fun, fierce, and frivolous African art.
Kahiu is a director for WASHINGTON BLACK for Hulu/ 20th Century Fox which completed principal photography in 2022 - an adaptation of the book by Esi Edugyan. She’s director of the NETFLIX film, LOOK BOTHWAYS starring Lili Reinhart, Luke Wilson and Nia Long, released in August 2022, and is attached to direct ONCEON THIS ISLAND for Disney. Kahiu was named TIME’s 100 Next in 2019.
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