In My Genes

Director: Lupita Nyong’o
Country: Kenya
Year: 2009
Running Time: 78 min.
Language: English and Swahili

In My Genes, Lupita Nyong'o, Kenya, 2009, 78 min.

What is it like to be white in a black society? Agnes, a woman with albinism, overcomes the difficulties of being born with no pigment in a society that discriminates against the condition. In My Genes asks us to consider how it feels to be a member of one of the most hyper-visible and yet effectively invisible groups of people in a predominantly black society.

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About the Director

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita-NyongoBiography: Lupita Nyong’o was born in Mexico, raised in Kenya and educated in the USA. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama’s Acting program. She has worked on the production teams of critically acclaimed films, including The Constant Gardener (2005), directed by Fernando Meirelles, and The Namesake (2006), directed by Mira Nair. In 2007, she wrote, produced, directed, and edited her first major film, the award-winning documentary In My Genes. In 2009, Nyong’o was featured as the lead role in MTV’s hit TV series Shuga, an innovative campaign to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS and its stigma in developing countries. Her film debut as an actress was playing Patsey in acclaimed director Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years A Slave (2013), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2014. Lupita Nyong’o’s stage credits include playing Perdita in The Winter’s Tale, (Yale Repertory Theater), Sonya in Uncle Vanya, Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew, as well as being in the original production of Michael Mitnick’s Elijah.

(Sources:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2143282/bio
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:
In My Genes (2009, 2010).

Filmography:
Decolonizing the Mind
(2005);
In My Genes (2009).