Lupita Nyong'o, first black president of the Berlin Festival jury

Lupita Nyong’o, first black president of the Berlin Festival jury

The Mexican-Kenyan actress, Lupita Nyong’o, is the first black president of the Berlin Film Festival jury, which opens this Thursday evening February 15, 2024 in the German capital.

Lupita Nyong’o follows in the footsteps of Spike Lee, who in 2021 will become the first black filmmaker to chair the Cannes Film Festival jury.

The first black person to occupy the prestigious post of jury president, she will award the Golden Bear and also represent the openness and political commitment of one of the world’s most important film festivals.

In detail, she will have to decide between 20 films in the running for the Golden Bear, many of whose directors have strong links with the African continent.

In a way, Lupita Nyong’o could also identify with French director Bruno Dumont’s new work, L’Empire, billed as a “Star Wars” version ch’ti.

Born in Mexico, Lupita Nyong’o spent her childhood in Kenya, and pursued her career in the United States.

Fluent in five languages (Luo, English, Spanish, Swahili and Italian), she has played starring roles in “12 Years A Slave”, “Black Panther”, “Star Wars”...

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