About the Director

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Lupita Nyong’o was born in Mexico, raised in Kenya and educated partly in the United States of America. She has worked on the production teams of critically acclaimed films including The Constant Gardener (2005) directed by Fernando Mereilles and The Namesake (2006) directed by Mira Nair. She graduated from a Film & Theatre Studies undergraduate program at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Nyong’o’s debut feature-length film was creating, producing, directing and editing IN MY GENES her final thesis project at Hampshire college, where she graduated in 2007. IN MY GENES addresses the personal and societal challenges that people with albinism face as members of one of the most hyper-visible and misunderstood minority groups of Kenya's predominantly black society through the experiences of eight individuals from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. 

Nyong’o moved back to Nairobi in August 2008 and has since broadened her portfolio to include producing the award-winning MTV Music Video, LITTLE THINGS WE DO, song created and performed by celebrated Wahu and Bobby Wine. Apart from her passion for film and video, Lupita also has over ten years experience in stage acting. She enjoys and practices capoeira and attempts to play the harmonica. Lupita joins the Yale University in September 2009 for a Master of Fine Arts in Acting.

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