luo man


“I thought if you were going to vote for me, you should know a few things about me. Once, a Kikuyu woman and a Luo man fell in love with each other. They were urged by both their families not to marry outside the tribal boundary, but… love is a bridge and not a wall, if we let it be. They became husband and wife. At first, they lived with my father’s family in Ahero, but I’m afraid the Luo village found a hundred ways to make the new bride feel as if she was a trespasser. So, when I was only a few months old, my parents went to live in the village that my mother was born. Now it was father’s turn to be made to feel like he was an outsider who did not belong. My parents had to leave their homes to find a city where no one knew them. The same prejudice that drove them away was also responsible for taking my father’s life when a political difference became a tribal war. I share this story because you have heard many rumours about me, and I felt it was time to explain who and what I am. I am Kikuyu. I’m Luo. My business partner and best friend is also mixed. His father, Sudanese. His mother, Kenyan. These are facts that he and I have never talked about, because for us, they have never mattered.”

Toronto International Film Festival - 2016 Line Up

Opening Night Film

  • “The Magnificent Seven,” Antoine Fuqua, USA

Closing Night Film

  • “The Edge of Seventeen,” Kelly Fremon Craig, USA


  • “Arrival,” Denis Villeneuve, USA
  • “Deepwater Horizon,” Peter Berg, USA
  • “The Headhunter’s Calling,” Mark Williams, Canada
  • “The Journey is the Destination,” Bronwen Hughes, United Kingdom/South Africa
  • “JT + The Tennessee Kids,” Jonathan Demme, USA
  • “LBJ,” Rob Reiner, USA
  • “Lion,” Garth Davis, Australia
  • “Loving,” Jeff Nichols, USA
  • “A Monster Calls,” J.A. Bayona, USA/Spain
  • “Planetarium,” Rebecca Zlotowski, France/Belgium
  • “Queen of Katwe,” Mira Nair, South Africa/Uganda
  • “The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé! : A Trip Across Latin America,” Paul Dugdale, United Kingdom
  • “The Secret Scripture,” Jim Sheridan, Ireland
  • “Snowden,” Oliver Stone, Germany/USA
  • “Strange Weather,” Katherine Dieckmann, USA
  • “Their Finest,” Lone Scherfig, United Kingdom
  • “A United Kingdom,” Amma Asante, United Kingdom

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