by Wanjiru Njendu
2021, Kenya/USA, 10mins
7pm on Sept 22, 2023
About the movie
English— Digging for Life tells the story of a Cameroonian man who finds himself trapped as a slave in the diamond fields of Angola.
Français – Digging for Life raconte l’histoire d’un Camerounais qui se retrouve pris au piège comme esclave dans les champs de diamants de l’Angola.
About the director
English — Wanjiru Njendu is an award-winning filmmaker whose creative imagination earned her the nickname ‘Magic’ at a young age. Her African and American upbringing influences her approach as a writer and director for film and television enabling her to have a versatile voice in both African stories and Western stories. This versatility led to her being chosen as a fellow in the Producer’s Guild of America Diversity workshop. Her award-winning short film Boxed played over 200 film festivals, with numerous wins and nominations. Boxed was selected for the 2021-2022 Nuits en Or – Académie des César. Her other films have played in over 100 Festivals. Wanjiru was honored by the Roxbury International Film Festival with the 2021 Rox Vision Award. Wanjiru directed a horror short Stray, which was acquired by 20th Digital Studios with a feature option. She was the shadowing director on the Netflix series “Daybreak”. During the pandemic she filmed a climate action docs-series Built for Good Africa created by her sister Built for Good Africa featuring Green Buildings in Africa. She is currently developing several scripted film and television projects. Wanjiru is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).