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Lydia Matata

Director/Producer, The Film and Laundry Company
Nairobi, Nairobi County KE
Available for Freelance
Open To Mentoring
Open To Virtual Coffee
A Kenyan filmmaker on a journey of learning about films by making her own.


Lydia Matata is a writer on Country Queen a series streaming on Netflix and Igiza, a limited series on Showmax. She has also written, directed and produced various narrative and documentary films, including Millet (2018), winner of Docubox’s Shorts, Shots & Shots scriptwriting prize; Sungura, (2021) a narrative film that has screened at several notable festivals such as the Pan African Film Festival at Cannes, Interfilm Short Film Festival, and the Black Star International Film Festival where it received the best Women in Film Award. Her other projects are Utapata Mwingine (2021) a documentary short that received the Best Emerging Filmmaker Award at the UN Women’s Global Film Festival; and A Conversation Between Two Artists (2022), a documentary filmed between Kenya and Japan, as part of the UNESCO and Nara International Film Festival residency for African Women Filmmakers. She has also directed and produced a series of documentaries as well as music videos for the platform Take Back The Mic Africa. Her first feature film script Pepo Kali is currently in development. The project recently received the NBO Film Festival’s writers' prize.