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Kenya boasts a nascent yet vibrant film industry. Over the years, it has served as a crucial location for filmmaking and shooting.

As of 2024, the Kenyan film industry has experienced rampant growth compared to previous years, thanks to the efforts of film and TV producers, their teams, and the official organizations overseeing the sector.

Recently, Kenyan films have garnered attention from international brands like Netflix.

Despite being a country still developing in terms of technology and infrastructure, Kenya has made significant strides in its film industry.

This sector presents substantial employment opportunities for both skilled and unskilled workers.

The unique craftsmanship of Kenyan films shines through, showcasing a variety of interests within the country, including ghetto life, rural life, wildlife, urban narratives, and cultural themes.

Notably, the Principal Secretary of Foreign Affairs recently announced that President Ruto would visit the Tyler Perry studios during his upcoming trip to the USA.

This visit aims to facilitate discussions with key players in Hollywood, such as Tyler Perry, to explore potential collaborations and unlock the film industry's potential in Kenya.

President Ruto will also engage with top players in the film industry to strengthen partnerships and bolster Kenya's creative economy.

Furthermore, a significant agreement was reached last year between Kenya and South Africa, signed by Kenya's Arts CS Ababu Namwamba and South Africa's Minister of Arts and Culture, Emmanuel Mthethwa.

Namwamba highlighted that this collaboration would involve a wide range of artistic productions, including film and music, as well as the sharing of skills and filming scenes.

With such developments, the Kenyan film industry is poised to make waves internationally in the near future.