Amirah Tajdin (1986), is a Kenyan artist and filmmaker. She graduated from Rhodes University with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Photography) in South Africa and Goucher College Maryland (USA). She is a Sundance Institute fellow making her the first Kenyan director to be selected for both the Screenwriters Labs (Utah, 2017) and Director’s Lab (Utah, 2018) for her feature film currently in development.
Over a ten year period of film-making she has crafted a signature style of blending reality with fiction through her strong visual language in both her commercial and cinematic work. This has seen her helm campaigns for branded content, fashion films, music videos and TVCs for brands such as Cadillac, Saudi Telecom, Bloomingdales, Virgin Mobile, Pepsi and the Louvre Abu Dhabi make up some of her portfolio. The latter being a case study film for TBWA/RAAD’s Cannes Golden Lion for ‘The Highway Gallery Project’.
Her short film, Marea de Tierra played in main competition at Sundance (2016) and Cannes Director’s Fortnight (2015) and went to play over twenty film festivals globally.
She splits her time between Africa and the Middle East balancing freelance commercial directing work as well as independent fiction and documentary both locally and internationally. She also forms the creative half of SEVEN THIRTY Films an Africa based indie production company, which she founded in Nairobi in 2011 alongside her sister, producer Wafa Tajdin.
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