Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann was born in 1985, in Bonn, Germany. She works in the realm of still and moving words and images; primarily as a filmmaker and photographer, however she is also a writer and painter.
She is drawn to Lamu, an Island in the Indian Ocean, where a substantial amount of her work originates, namely Two Princes (a feature-length fiction project) and The Donkey that Carried the Cloud on its Back (a feature-length documentary project funded by the Göteborg International Film Festival Fund, IDFA Bertha Fund and Docubox EADFF).
She has exhibited her photography work in collaboration with The Sundance Institute, at MoCADA in New York City (2011) and with the Goethe Institut, at the National Museum, Nairobi (2013). In 2012, under a pen name, a selection of her poetry was published in Reflections: An Anthology of New Work by African Women Poets.
She lives in Nairobi, Kenya where she writes, cooks, paints, shoots, makes jokes, laughs with kindred spirits and reads Rumi.