Promoting the Film Industry in Kenya: State Support versus Entrepreneurial Innovation

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Abstract

In Nairobi, filmmakers cannot rely on support mechanisms from the government such as loans or grants to make their films, and they widely consider their industry to be neglected by the state. Yet, Nairobi is home to a film industry where women have been remarkably successful as filmmakers and developed thriving careers. In this chapter, I show that Nairobi-based female filmmakers have responded to their environment, and its lack of conventional state mechanisms for supporting filmmaking, by becoming radically flexible and entrepreneurial in their work. I argue that further developing the industry requires following and building on this entrepreneurial dynamism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDeveloping Creative Economies in Africa : Spaces and Working Practices
EditorsBrian J. Hracs, Roberta Comunian, Lauren England
Number of pages13
Place of PublicationAbingdon
PublisherRoutledge
Publication date2022
Pages11-23
Chapter2
ISBN (Print)9780367481940, 9781032043722
ISBN (Electronic)9781003191681
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
SeriesRoutledge Contemporary Africa Series

Bibliographical note

Published online: 6 August 2021.

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