FIRST YEAR – LOS ANGELES
Eunice Maruhi is an international student from Nairobi, Kenya currently studying Film Production at Hope College. Since she began pursuing her dream in film and Television, she has won two college awards. In 2018, her Screenplay “Ocean Tides” won third place at Hope College’s Screenplay Competition. In 2019, her short documentary film, "95 Stories: Racism and Homophobia in a Christian School" won first place in the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Awards. This short documentary has been particularly useful for educators and leaders who work in Diversity and Inclusion at Hope College and in the surrounding areas. In that same year, she got into the Television Academy Foundation internship program, an opportunity that allowed her to meet and work with some of the best creators in Film and Television in Hollywood. She aspires to be a great filmmaker and storyteller, whose work mainly focuses on telling authentic stories about the people, culture, history and heritage of Africa. Most mainstream films about Africa are often told by non-Africans, and the majority of them carry negative stereotypes. Eunice wants to be part of the force that will change that narrative and image. In addition to that, she dreams of creating a platform for, and inspiring the African generations that will come after.