Join Africa in Motion and the Scottish Documentary Institute (SDI) for a masterclass from Kenyan documentary producer Toni Kamau.
Toni is the youngest female African documentary producer to be invited as a member of the Academy for Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences – Documentary Branch, class of 2020. As a creative producer, director and founder of “We are not the machine Ltd”, a Kenyan based production company, she tells stories of outsiders, rebels and change makers.
Her past credits include half hour documentaries for Al Jazeera, MTV Europe and BBC Africa. The Sundance special jury prize winner Softie, produced by Toni and directed/produced by Sam Soko, premiered at Sundance in 2020 in the World Cinema Documentary Feature Competition. I am Samuel, directed by Rory Peck 2019 winner Pete Murimi is her second feature as producer, and it recently had its world premiere at the 2020 edition of Hot Docs and its European premiere at BFI LFF. She is currently in production on a documentary feature exploring home and belonging and in development on a series that tackles decolonizing narratives about the global South.
Both I am Samuel (7-9 November) and Softie (18-20 November) will screen as part of this year’s festival. During the masterclass, Toni will discuss the production landscape in Kenya and the different aspects of her practice as a documentary producer. Later in the session, she will be joined by I am Samuel director Peter Murimi to speak in-depth about the production process behind the film.