Wanjiru M. Njendu

Growing up with influences from many American films and TV shows , Wanjiru spent her childhood in Kenya recreating scenes from E.T, Superman, Indiana Jones and Star Wars with her siblings and neighbors thus earning her the nickname “Magic”. At time when the country only had one television stations controlled by a single party government, Wanjiru’s parents ensure she dreamt. By renting movies and buying her books the nourished her hunger for art.

A writer-director currently based in Los Angeles Wanjiru  attended Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Visual Media and Arts.  Wanjiru was impacted by the stories her grandparents and parents told her as a child and she began to research the history of the MAU MAU. The result was her thesis film, “Safari Ya Jamhuri: AJourney to Freedom”. The film was an entrant for best documentary in the Roxbury Film Festival.

Wanjiru’s film credits include several films, her most personal one to date, “Look Again” which was nominated for a 2012 African Movie Academy Award and Winner- Best Diaspora Film- Kalasha Awards – Kenya and television credits on “Samantha Who”, ‘Super temps” and “Mostly Evil” among others. She is a member of Film Independent and Women in Film.

Wanjiru produced the 5th Annual Women In Film International Committee’s Short Film Series, “Out of Africa, A Night of Kenyan Film & Culture”. It was held at Universal Studios in Universal City, California, on Saturday March 5th, 2011. The City of Los Angeles honored the series in 2012, hailing the 2011 series as a cultural contribution to the city.

Wanjiru has also directed and hosted the red carpet interviews for Women In Film’s 5th Annual Pre-Oscar party (2012), a live taping the Q&A panel of a screening of the film MISSRepresentation presented by the SAG-AFTRA and Women In Film as well as the 2012 Women in Film/ Variety Women In Film’s purple carpet interviews for their Variety/Women In Film celebrates the 2012 Female Prime-time Nominees

In January 2013 she was elected to serve on the board of the African Artists’ Association in Hollywood California as well as selected by the Producer’s Guild of America’s Diversity Committee to participate in their 2013 Diversity Workshop.

Her African and American upbringing influences her approach as a director both in film and television.

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