Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann (1985, Germany) is an award-winning Kenyan German artist employing the craft of poetry, photography and filmmaking.
Drawn to narratives about Childhood, Memory and Women, Philippa has an interest in Psychic Ancestry, Spirituality and the rhythm of the Ocean. Her personal work is a mélange of autobiographical documentary and poetry.
An alumna of IDFA Summer School 2013 (Amsterdam), Berlinale Talents 2016 and a fellow of RAW Académie 2016 (Dakar), Philippa’s Visual Poem Seeds, won the Ecumenical Jury Award at Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen 2017.
Her recently completed feature-length Documentary, New Moon, won The Artistic Achievement Award in a Long Documentary at the Luxor African Film Festival 2018 and The Ladima Award for African Women Documentary Filmmaker at ZIFF 2018.
New Moon’s win at the Durban International Film Festival 2018 with Best Documentary made the film an automatic qualifier for the 91st Academy Awards.
Philippa has exhibited at Turner Contemporary (UK, 2017), with the Goethe Institut, at The National Museum (Kenya, 2013) and in collaboration with The Sundance Institute, at MoCADA (New York City, 2011).
Philippa moonlights as an Intuitive Guide and DJ. Her first home is Nairobi, Kenya. She has a penchant for cooking, laughing with kindred spirits, dancing to songs that touch her heart and reading Maulana Rumi.