FILM: BATTLE OF THE SACRED TREE
Born in 1958 in Nairobi, Kenya, Before becoming a filmmaker, she was a writer, poet, and radio journalist. She then attended the German Film and Television School in Berlin to study German Literature. During her time in Berlin, Kinyanjui was exposed to African films. Her desire to retell African stories led her to study filmmaking in Berlin.
Kinyanjui’s films are inspired by the world around her – from daily conversations, to folktales, to social issues such as equal rights and poverty. Kinyanjui’s films are considered to be part of the Riverwood movement, Kenya’s version of Nollywood Film. Through her films, Kinyanjui hopes to confront Kenyan audiences with an accessible depiction of everyday life.
In addition to filmmaking, Kinyanjui has also taught filmmaking at Kenyatta University and currently teaches at the MultiMedia University in Karen. Kinyanjui’s presence in Kenya as an artist and a mentor is responsible for creating Kenya’s up and coming film culture.
“My first concern is making films for and about Africans; films that celebrate the people, the traditions and the land that are the life-source of art and culture.”