Kenyan makes a name in US film industry

Peres Owino, a Kenyan director gaining notice in Hollywood and beyond.

What you need to know:

  • “I had $10 in my pocket and was living on the floor of people’s homes,” Ms Owino recalls. She also remembers telling her mother, Rosemary Owino, the owner of a restaurant in Kisumu, that “this city is not going to defeat me.”
  • Ms Owino worked for seven years in the marketing department at Paramount, one of Hollywood’s top studios. She got acting jobs on the side and also wrote theatre pieces and screenplays.

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