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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Women in Film International Committe & Universal Studios Present: “Out of Africa: A Night to Celebrate Short Films by Kenya’s Filmmakers


Women in Film’s International Committee’s and Universal Studios present "Out of Africa: A Night of Kenyan Film and Culture" Event. The event will be held Saturday March 5th, 2011 from 6pm-11pm at Universal Studios.

The evening will be hosted by Actors Edi Gathegi (X-men:First Class, Twilight, The Twilight Saga:New Moon, and Fox’s House) and Ida Onyango (Days of Our Lives and Tears of the Sun) at Universal Studios’ Stage 29 located at 100 Universal City Plaza in Universal City, Calif.

Many elite and talented Kenyan artists, musicians and filmmakers will be on hand, including world-renowned artist Wangechi Mutu. Ms. Mutu was named Artist of the Year by the Deutche Guggenheim in 2010 and has art featured in museums across the nation and abroad.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, a 2010 Literature Nobel Prize Nominee, will use this special occasion to present his latest book “Dream in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir.”

Distinguished guests also include visual artists Jesse Allen, Githinji wa Mbire, Wawi Amasha and Racheal Wangui; with live musical performances by Kenyan recording artists Karis and Nasambu and Kenyan dancers.

Since 2007, the WIFI Shorts Program has celebrated filmmakers from around the world with a goal of exploring a new country every year and bringing its art, history and culture to communities in Los Angeles. Focusing on Kenya, this year’s event promises a live, rich cultural experience of art, food, music and dance that is rarely found outside of Africa.

The event’s main attraction is a screening of seven thought-provoking short films, some being shown for the first time in the United States, that are very dramatic and at the same time giving light and hope for the future. They all provide a real look at Kenyan life, adversity and triumph. The screening will be followed by a Q&A segment lead by actor Owiso Odera with a panel of filmmakers from the Kenyan community.

FILMS BY KENYAN FILMMAKERS
Through a diverse program of short films, this year’s series will celebrate and support the creative talents of Kenyan filmmakers. Every filmmaker has a unique perspective on their culture and their world. The films selected both narrative and documentary, will provide views into the psyche of these communities and deepen our understanding of Kenyan life, land, and cultures.

EXPERIENCE FILM, MUSIC, ART, CUISINE AND CULTURE
Come and experience the traditions and culture of Kenya! The short films shown at this special event are the apexes of an entire evening of artistic expression.

While tasting the culinary delights of Kenya, make certain you also enjoy the display of amazing art. Experience the rich traditions and history of Kenya as you stroll through the exhibition.

The reception will be catered by Titus Karanja and Kache Mwaro and there will be a hosted bar.

The books Wizard Of The Crow and Dreams In A Time Of War: A Childhood Memoir will be available for purchase and will be signed by the author, Ngg wa Thiong’o, on the day of event.

Sit back and enjoy the performances by Kenyan artists or, if you feel up to a challenge, join in.

To purchase tickets click here.


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