Kenyan girl from Chicago wins big at Cannes Festival in France


A Kenyan girl based in the US has bagged the inaugural Rising Star Award for her short film called “Made in His Image” at the Diversity in Cannes Film Showcase in France.

Anah Ambuchi, a Kenyan-American actress, writer, producer, director, model, and dancer in Chicago, scooped the award at only 12 years.

Ambuchi, who started focusing on film and theater at the tender age of six, was perplexed on hearing about Made in His Image Performance in France after submission. She was more than excited about visiting France after the announcement.

“I would be interested in going to Calais or Paris. I want to try French macaronis. Our macaronis here have so much sugar, there they don’t use that much sugar. So, I want to try their version of macaronis,” Ambuchi said.

The movie is her debut and comes four years since she enrolled at Kids W.A.Y Acting Academy, where she trained under nationally acclaimed acting coach Jossie Harris Thacker, who would later become an executive producer and co-director for Ambuchi’s short film.

Around the same time, she became a Bully Prevention Advocate having experienced it first hand, a thing that threatened her classwork performance.

[My mom] told me that I was African and awesome,” Ambuchi said.

“She said that I was special, significant, beautiful and smart. She has this chart for me with all of these positive words and she makes me say ‘you are special, you are significant, you are smart, you are beautiful.’ Saying those words over again really helped me realize that I am all those things.”

Ambuchi and her parents started a gofundme to fundraiser to help her cover airfare, hotel fees, and ground transportation to the country. She managed to make it to the events and watch he film crowned.