US based Kenyan filmmaker Judy Kibinge joined hundreds of new invitees into the Oscar family after the Academy extended an invitation to new members from 57 countries.
This year’s invitee list is the largest ever to have been invited by the academy to link with the Hollywood organization.
Kibinge joins 774 new members who will have the honor of deciding which movies deserve Oscar nominations and awards.
She received the news of her invite at a home of a friend in Chebeaugue Island in Maine, US and was floored by the inclusion in the high powered list.
She immediately took to Facebook to announce the news.
“Whoa. ‘Blink! Blink! What a list. Honoured!’ she wrote on her Facebook page.
Other notable invitees included comedian Wanda Sykes, actress Sanaa Lathan, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Naomi Harris, Amy Poehler among others.
The Kenyan filmmakers is best known for her documentary Wagalla – The Story of a Massacre and Headlines in History.
She has also involved in the making of the movies Something Necessary, Dangerous Affair and Project Daddy.
Kibinge is currently studying at the University of Maine, at the age of 50 and keeps up with family and career back home.
She describes her weekdays as “running around, reading and swotting” late into the night.
She is the founder of DocuBox, an East African documentary film fund which assists African filmmakers by making funds available for them as they produce and distribute their films.
She founded Docubox after receiving funds from the Ford Foundation.