In Kenya, President William Ruto recently requested US filmmakers to consider producing their works in the country. The request followed when the President held talks with the President of Invention Studios, Nicholas Weinstock.
This, he said, will make Kenyans get job opportunities while ensuring the film industry in the country grows to higher heights.
“We explored the possibility of American filmmakers filming in Kenya, potentially generating job opportunities and contributing to the growth of our film industry,” Ruto said.
Ruto, who also met the Grammy Academy leadership, rooted for the Grammy Africa Academy Headquarters to be hosted in Nairobi.
“Also held talks with the Grammy Global Venture CEO Harvey Mason Jr. and President Panos Panay, advocated for the Grammy Africa Academy Headquarters to be hosted in Nairobi,” Ruto said.
Kenya is known for producing some of the films and documentaries shown on streaming site Netflix.
For instance, a documentary, Free Money, filmed for over five years, premiered on Netflix on September 1, 2023.
The documentary is a collaboration between Kenyan-based film production company LBx Africa, led by director Sam Soko, and Lauren DeFilippo of New York’s Insignia Films.
The documentary, the first of a three-part series, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.