Nairobi-based Female Filmmakers: Screen Media Production between the Local and the Transnational

Robin Steedman*

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This chapter is the first scholarly work on Nairobi-based female filmmakers Hawa Essuman, Wanuri Kahiu, Judy Kibinge, Appie Matere, Ng’endo Mukii, and Anne Mungai. Nairobi has a vibrant screen media market marked by filmmakers’ format shifting fluidly between commercial and creative, short and feature, and television and documentary projects. Accounting for the dynamism of this urban space is crucial to understanding the emergence of Nairobi’s unique screen media industry and the women filmmakers taking the lead there. More broadly, this chapter advances an approach that looks at transnational connections while remaining firmly grounded in local spaces, arguing that this new way of looking can illuminate the entire field of African screen media studies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to African Cinema
EditorsKenneth W. Harrow, Carmela Garritano
Number of pages21
Place of PublicationHoboken, NJ
Publication date2018
ISBN (Print)9781119100317
ISBN (Electronic)9781119100577, 9781119100058, 9781119099857
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
SeriesWiley Blackwell Companions to National Cinemas


  • African screen media
  • Convergence
  • Kenya
  • Nairobi
  • Nairobi-based female filmmakers
  • Transnational

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