In the spirit of celebrating things African, let me introduce you to a budding, multicultural film director in Kenya: Jinna Mutune. Jinna and I met a few years ago and ended up being roommates for a little while. She ate, slept, lived and breathed Leo, a feature film she was and is still working on. If there is a picture in the dictionary next to the word tenacious, that picture must be of Jinna. She embodies tenacity like no one else I know.
Leo is an independent film currently in pre-production Nairobi, Kenya. It is a simple story that captures the essence of a child’s heart still open to all the posssibilities of fulfilling his dream in Kenya. The movie shows you the beauty of Kenya, a country rich in culture and making advances in the arts and sciences. The cast is talented and indigenous. Abe Martinez, a Hollywood Cinematographer (Spider-man, Ali, Fast & Furious), will be working with Jinna on this project.
The Leo Movie is currently partnering with Capital FM and Storymoja in Jaza Maktaba, a social responsibility initiative encouraging people to donate children’s books to the new Buru Buru branch of the Kenya National Library. Jaza Maktaba is Swahili for Fill the Library. The new public library branch will serve over 500,000 children in the Eastlands area of Nairobi. To participate in the campaign, send books or financial donations to:
Kenya National Library Service
Collection Development and Book Distribution Dept.
P.O BOX 30573-00100, Nairobi.
Bookmark the Leo Movie website and keep visiting it for updates on the film project. I can hardly wait for its premiere.