Dr. Rachael Dianga

Chair, Department of Cinematic Arts

Dr Rachael Diang’a is an Assistant Professor of Film and the Chair of Cinematic Arts Department. She holds a PhD in Film Technology and has over fifteen years’ experience in film research and scholarship. Her research interests lie within African Cinema. She is the author of the first book on Kenyan Cinema: African Re-creation of Western Impressions: A Focus on the Kenyan Film (2011) and several journal articles/book chapters on Postcolonial and African Cinema. In practice, she has made a mark in the film industry through her contribution as a film maker, film workshop trainer and mentor, film critic and adjudicator in several film festivals including FilmAid International Film Festival, Udada International women’s Film Festival and Kenya National Drama Festivals (Film Genre). Diang’a has produced and/or directed several films including: Our Strength (2012), The Invisible Workers (2013) and Drugnets (2015)Mad Love (2018). Her film production interests are in Scriptwriting, Directing, Acting, Production. She is a member of several professional guilds including, Association of Media Women in Kenya (AMWIK), Kenya Film and Television Professionals Association (KFTPA), Kenya Scriptwriters Guild (KSG) and a member of CODESRIA

Academic Degrees
PhD, Film Technology (2013)
MA, Literature/Film Studies (2007)
B/Ed. Arts - Literature and English (2002)

Publications (Where possible include the link to the publications)
Journal Articles

  • Diang’a, Rachael. “Viusasa and Film Distribution in Kenya” in Jahazi:Culture, Arts Performance – Arts for Social Change Vol. 7, Issue 1, 2018 www.twawezacommunications.org
  • Diang’a, Rachael, “Themes in Kenya Cinema: Seasons and Reasons” in Cogent Arts & Humanities Vol. 4, Issue 1, 2017


  • Diang’a, Rachael, “Message Films in Africa: A Look into the Past” in Cogent Arts & Humanities Vol. 3, Issue 1, 2016


  • Diang’a, Rachael. “Cinematographic Techniques in Three Kenyan Films” in Journal of African Cinemas. Vol. 7, Issue 2, 2015 www.intellectbooks.com
  • Diang’a, Rachael, Charles Kebaya & Wangari Mwai. “Community Theatre and Development Practices in the Nyanza Region of Kenya” in Journal of Pan-African Studies, Vol. 8, No. 6, September 2015. http://www.jpanafrican.com/vol8no6.htm
  • Diang’a, Rachael, “The Status of Women in Kenyan Film” in Jahazi: Culture, Arts, Performance – ‘Reflections on the Creative Economy in Kenya’Vol. 2, Issue 1, 2015 www.twawezacommunications.org
  • Diang’a, Rachael, “Two Years of Film Festival for Schools: An Adjudicator’s Take” in Edufilmer Magazine, April-September 2014 Edition

Diang’a, Rachael. African Re-creation of Western Impressions: A Focus on the Kenyan Film. Saarbrucken:LAP, 2011.
Book Chapters

  • Diang’a, Rachael and Oluoch Obura. “African Images in Kenyan Film as a Response to Colonial Misinterpretations” in Language and Translation: Theory, Pedagogy and Practice by Hildah Kebeya et al. al., Toronto: Nsemia, 2016.
  • Diang’a, Rachael. “Trans-formal Aesthetics and Cultural Impact on Sembene Ousmane’s Explication of Xala” in Sembene Ousmane and the Politics of Culture. Maryland: Lexington, 2015.
  • Diang’a, Rachael. “Marriage and Sexuality in the Indigenous Kenyan Film” in Human Sexuality in Africa: Beyond Reproduction by Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale, Richmond Tiemoko and Paulina Makinwa-Adebusoye. Sunnyside: Jacana Media, 2008.
  • “The Status of Filmmaking in Kenya” in Amakula Kampala International Film Festival Catalogue (2005 Edition). Kampala: Amakula, 2005.

Conference Proceedings
Akuno, Emily; Simon P. Otieno and Rachael Diang’a. Creativity for Youth
Empowerment and Development. Nairobi: , 2019.

Diang’a, Rachael. “Transcending Borders: Two Kenyan Films Traversing Cultural
Boundaries through Diaspora” in Across Borders: Benefiting from Cultural Differences.
Nairobi: DAAD, 2005.

Teaching (courses taught)
Postcolonial Film, Scriptwriting, Film Production, Film Directing, Fundamentals of Photography and Cinematography, Film Theory and Criticism, African Cinema.
Film Production

  • Producer/Director/Executive ProducerDrugnets (2015) A Fahari Films Documentary film on drug and substance abuse among primary school children in Kisumu County.
  • Producer/DirectorThe Invisible Workers (2013) A Fahari Films documentary film on Capacity Building for Domestic Workers, funded by IDAY Kenya.
  • Continuity/Costume/Make-up ArtistUhiki (2012), A documentary film on Traditional Culture and Environmental Conservation, Directed by Matrid Nyagah and Produced by Kimani Njogu at AHADI Kenya with support from Rockfeller Foundation. Available at www.twawezacommunications.org
  • Producer and Storywriter – Our Strength (2012) A Twaweza Communications film produced with Support from Ford Foundation.

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