Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu is over the moon after being picked to direct Paramount Player’s adaptation of bestselling book On the Come Up by author Angie Thomas.
The book is about a young girl who is seeking to make it in the Hip-hop world following the death of her father. Thomas is also known for writing the book The Hate U give which was adapted into a film about two years ago.
Thomas couldn’t hide her joy upon learning that the ‘Rafiki’ director will be directing it. “Y’all. I am THRILLED to have @wanuri directing this film. Her vision is extraordinary – gave me goosebumps. I cannot wait for you to see it on screen 😊,” she tweeted.
Wanuri on the other hand posted,” New project alert: It’s bigger than hip hop! I’m attached to direct a film based on the book #OnTheComeUp by @angiecthomas, screenwriter @KayOyegunwith @TempleHillEnt.”
New project alert: It’s bigger than hip hop! I’m attached to direct a Film based on the book #OnTheComeUp by @angiecthomas, screenwriter @KayOyegun with @TempleHillEnt #StateStreetPictures and #ParamountPlayers. 😁https://t.co/4DT4uGkFDF
— Wanuri (@wanuri) October 19, 2020
Rafiki The Film
Wanuri’s film ‘Rafiki’ put her on the map after it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and also due to a highly-publicized court battle to lift a ban on the film.
The film explores a same-s.e.x relationship and was banned by The Kenya Film And Classification Board for being ‘immoral’ as it allegedly ‘promoted homose-xuality.’
Wanuri took the board to court because the ban was unconstitutional and curtailed the freedom of artistic expression.
After a long court battle, High Court judge Justice JA Makau upheld the ban by saying that it doesn’t violate freedom of expression but protects the country from moral decay.
“Freedom of expression is not absolute but subject to limitations under article 24, and the discretion of the Kenya Film Classification Board to restrict Rafiki is constitutional,” he said.