Jinna is a beautiful soul ( and a perfect Afro!) that is a multi-cultural film-maker who has directed and produced short films, music videos and theatrical plays both in America and Africa. She shared with me what exactly urges her on to push for her film making dreams!
What do you celebrate about being a woman?
What I celebrate most being about being a woman is our ability to nurture.. that somehow in every woman is an innate ability to care for and encourage the growth or development of someone or something into something beautiful….that we have been graced to overcome insurmountable
circumstances and walk caterpillars to their butterfly stage….
What do you wish that women knew?
That God created them beautiful, that they don’t have to fit into the western consumer culture that is sold in the global media,especially for African women. That they can appreciate their features, curvy hips,wide noses,dark skin….it is beautiful…
I would like to tell them that they are powerful.. that they can dare to dream dreams beyond their cultural frame work that sometimes can put the woman in the home box and not empower her gift in the work area. And while they dare their dream… that they should aspire to find the balance between the woman in the office & the woman in the home.
How do I express myself creatively?
I express myself through the art of film making.I love script writing, directing & producing.I come alive when working on films,TV series & theatrical plays.
I also love empowering start-ups by trouble shooting resource & branding.
Cooking & trying out different cuisines..not at chef level 🙂 but so far Swahili cuisine is what I can cook the best.
I’m looking into practicing the guitar, cello & probably some mural painting in the near future.
|Jinna behind the scenes, photo :Mark Anthony Kathurmia|
How am I making a difference in the world?
By daring to accomplish my film dream.First by telling a different story about Africa outside the stereotypical images of Famine, Poverty & war to inspire Africans to see their own greatness and to challenge the world to recognize the potential that exits in this continent.
By using the vehicle of entertainment as a tool to mobilize people towards humanitarian causes in the continent.Through my film LEO I have campaigned for the boy child & literacy cause as well.
I look forward to by next phase, which will be empowering innovation and invention the continent.
What do you believe is your calling and what are you doing about it?
I believe my calling is to use my film making skills and entrepreneurial skills to tell a different story about Africa & support innovation and invention.
How do you celebrate where you from?
By surrounding my world with my rich African cultural influence.My favorite cuisine is Swahili and I love listening to my collection of African musicians.
I love touring the countries in Africa, so far I have visited six and I am looking into doing more.I express my style with a touch of Afro-centrism(rock my Afro) and love wearing a modern outfit with a touch of African fabric.
What do you consider to be the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome?
Training my mind to be open to possibilities and having the courage to dare the impossible dream.I think I loved planning and getting it perfect the first time and as much as I practice this,I have also learnt that if not balanced, it can get in the way of dreaming.
Many times you have to try the dream,over and over again until it comes out right.
My favourite quote is
“Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.” Oprah
Watch the trailer of Jinnas film Leo which is about a story about a Masai boy achieving his dreams against all odds. Also follow her twitter @jinnamutune for updates on her film making!