Amirah Tajdin, 30, is a Kenyan artist and filmmaker who currently splits her time between Africa and the Middle East balancing commercial work and writing her first feature film, Hawa Hawaii set in the Swahili community of Mombasa, Kenya.
Some of her commercial directing work has included both TVC's and online content for leading brands such as Fendi, Cadillac, Bloomingdales, Pepsi and Peroni. Her portfolio also includes music videos, conceptual video art, TV sitcoms, documentaries and short films.
She graduated from Rhodes University with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Photography) in South Africa and Goucher College Maryland (Photography), was born and brought up in Nairobi and spent her teenage years in Dubai. Her most recent co-directed short, Marea de Tierra (2015) premiered at the Cannes Director's Fortnight as part of the Chile Factory Residency. The film was also part of Sundance Film Festival in 2016 under the International Shorts Program and has since gone on to play over 20 film festivals the world over.