Adapting African literature for the screen

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In a recent video interview (first spotted on film blog Shadow and Act), Kenyan film director Wanuri Kahiu revealed her participation in an exciting new film initiative  ImagiNations. Under the helm of South African producer Steve Markovitz, the producer of hit Congolese film ‘Viva Riva!‘ (2010) and producer of Kahiu’s own sci-fi short ‘Pumzi’ (2009), ImagiNations is a “pan-African project,” with “a series of six feature films based on contemporary African literature.”

In the Shadow and Act interview, Kahiu explains that each director will adapt a different book from the cannon of African literature. She will take an East African story, the implication being that each story will be from a different part of the continent. BTW, at a New School event in Manhattan, where Kahiu was interviewed by Sean–more on that later–she added that one story would originate from “each region” and her film would be…

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