Wanuri Kahiu’s RAFIKI Takes Cannes Despite Nairobi Ban – Nadia Neophytou reports

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When the credits rolled and the lights came up at the end of her film’s premiere in the Palais des Festival, director Wanuri Kahiu stood next to her lead actresses Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva, all dressed in off-white outfits, taking in the acclaim of a standing ovation. Someone in the audience shouted, ‘Thank you!’ and Kahiu put her hand over her heart.

Festival director Thierry Fremaux motioned for them to look up and see just how many people were clapping in the theatre’s balcony seats too, lauding the first Kenyan film to ever debut at the Cannes Film Festival. Continue reading…

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Nadia Neophytou

Nadia Neophytou is a South African journalist, from the same little town as Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron. Based in New York City, she reports daily for Eyewitness News, a major news network in South Africa, and freelances for various outlets, including the Mail and Guardian, Quartz, The Week, Glamour, GQ, Marie Claire, The Sunday Times and OkayAfrica. She regularly cover the Cannes, Toronto and Sundance Film Festivals, and is a recipient of the Nedbank Arts Journalist of the Year award. When not working on entertainment news worth knowing, she run marathons.