I was born Philippa Wacera in 1985 in Bonn, West Germany. I grew up beneath the tall, tall trees of Nairobi. I am a Kenyan German artist currently based in Bristol, England.
I make films. My works are often a mélange of essayist documentary, photography and poetry. I am inspired by childhood, family and memory. I am fascinated by psychic ancestry and spirituality and these themes often inform what I explore.
I aspire, in everything I do, to reflect and bring myself and others closer to our divine, most highest selves.
My works have garnered various awards including but not only, The Ecumenical Jury Prize at Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen 2017 and Best Documentary at Oscar Qualifying, Durban International Film Festival 2018.
I love public speaking, and I have been invited to speak at various seminars and panels. I have also lead creative workshops with children as well as adults. This nourishes and inspires me.
Spirituality is a fundamental aspect of my life. I am a Sufi Muslim. My background and practice of mysticism, includes mediumship, healing work, family constellations, as well as Wedding, Funeral and Naming Celebrancy. This all runs both concurrent to and within my visual works.
An alumna of Berlinale Talents 2016, IDFA Summer School 2013 (Amsterdam) and a fellow of RAW Académie 2016 (Dakar), my films have screened at numerous film festivals worldwide including Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen and Clermont-Ferrand.
I have 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). In adddition, I have had the generous support of the British Council, Goethe Institut, IDFA Berth Fund, Goteborg International Film Festival Fund and Docubox.
I DJ; I co-founded Nairobi Social Club, a collective organising feel-good parties in Nairobi, Kenya.
I love connecting with, cooking for and laughing with kindred spirits, as well as dancing to songs that touch my heart and reciting Maulana Rumi.
"I come as one, but stand as ten thousand" - Maya Angelou
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