Coming of Age

Director: Judy Kibinge
Country: Kenya
Year: 2007
Running Time: 12 min.
Language: English

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Coming Of Age takes us through the development of Kenyan democracy through the eyes of a young Kenyan girl. The naive post-independence euphoria is reflected in an innocent young girl’s outlook; Moi’s oppressive regime is narrated through her teenage turmoil; and a more mature narrator comes of age with the election President Kibaki. But after disputed election results in December 2007, we are left to wonder if democracy ever truly comes of age.

About the Director

Judy Kibinge

Biography: Judy Kibinge is a Kenyan writer and filmmaker. After creating numerous commercials during her eight years in advertising (three as creative director of Pan-African brands such as Coca-Cola North Africa Division, Unilever, and Kenya Breweries), she decided to pursue filmmaking. Her award-winning films include Dangerous Affair (2002), winner of the ZIFF Best East African Production Award, Bless This Land (2005), winner of the Kenya International Film Festival Best Documentary Award, Coming of Age (2007) and Killer Necklace (2009). She owns Seven, an independent production house in Nairobi, Kenya, founded in 2006.

(Source: Through African Eyes – Conversations with the Directors – Volume 2, BONETTI Mahen and SEAG Morgan (Editors), 2010, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.140)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Coming of Age (2009);
Killer Necklace (2009);
Something Necessary (2014).

Filmography:
The Aftermath (2002);
Dangerous Affair (2002);
Project Daddy (2004);
Bless This Land (2005);
A Voice in the Dark (The Story of a Whistleblower) (2005);
Coming of Age (2007);
Peace Wanted Alive (2009);
Killer Necklace (2009);
Something Necessary (2013).