“My mother’s a pediatrician, and when I was young, she’d tell the craziest stories,” Kahiu began. “One of the stories she told was that if you eat a lot of salt, all the blood rushes up to your legs through your body … to the top of your head, killing you instantly! She called it high blood pressure.
“This was my first experience with science fiction.”
She’s gone on to make sci-fi movies. And that’s what brought her to TED. “The hook that caught our attention was science fiction filmmaking in Africa,” says Tom Rielly, director of the Fellows program. “We hadn’t heard about that before.”
And Rielly liked her point of view. Kahiu’s voice is unique on a continent where many of the stories told in film tend to reflect familiar themes of war, poverty and AIDS and that are often funded by aid, grants and foundations, becoming part of an organization’s agenda.