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STRAY (3 min)  United States 

A spirit metes out vengeance when a young girl ignores her mother's warning about the Pied Piper myth.

Director - Wanjiru M. Njendu

Wanjiru Njendu is an award-winning Kenyan-American director based in Los Angeles. Her creative imagination earned her the nickname 'Magic' at a young age. Her African and American upbringing influences her approach as a writer and director for film and television enabling her to have a versatile voice in both African stories and Western stories. This versatility led to her being chosen as a fellow in the Producer's Guild of America Diversity workshop. Wanjiru's film credits include several award-winning short films which have played in over 100 film festivals. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

Her short film Boxed has been accepted into over 100 film festivals with numerous nominations and wins. Boxed had qualified and was submitted FYC for the 2020 Academy Awards for Best Short Film- Live Action. Boxed won Best Short film at Hague Global Cinema Film Festival and as well as Best Diaspora short film at The 2020 African Movie Academy Awards. For 2021, Boxed has been selected by the Acadmie des Cesar for their Nuits en Or program taking place in summer 2021.

Wanjiru's short documentary film Safari ya Jamhuri: The Journey to freedom was used to provide evidence for a lawsuit against the British Government by the MAU MAU colonial war survivors from Kenya. Wanjiru was the shadowing director on the Netflix series "Daybreak" under Mark Tonderai. She recently directed a horror short film, Stray that was acquired by 20th Digital Studios for Hulu, Freeform, FX and premiered at the Cannes Series Film Festival in Fall 2020.

She is developing several film and television projects as well as a documentary about a children's S.T.E.M (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) organization in Kenya.

Writer: Peres Owino 


Peres Owino 

Trinity Moriah Jones 


Cinematography: Bongani Mlambo



Wanjiru M. Njendu

Peres Owino

Diana Ward

Music: Dara Taylor


Film Editing: John Cantú

Production Design: Brittany Ingram

Set Decoration: Shannon Hardison

Makeup Department: Sarah Brill

Production Management: Shannon Kummer

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director: Whitney Shumaker

Art Department: 

Daniel Deal

Vanessa Wilson

Sound Department:

John Cantú

Dillon Kane

Robert Selvaggio


Robert Mcgowan

Ayana Taylor

Camera and Electrical Department:

Dominic Butts...electrician

Juan Chavez...second assistant camera

Victoria Chenoweth...gaffer

Michelle Felix...still photographer

Giulia Governo...grip

Kylie Hazzard...first assistant camera

Scott Hilburn...Gimbal Operator

Harper Thomas...electrician

Kyle Thor...grip

Bevis Tran...key grip

Editorial Department: 

Andre Rivas

Darren Roark

Script and Continuity Department:

Sia Aleskovskaya

Additional Crew:

Nicolas Delgado

Ghen Laraya

Kady Le

Cameron Raser

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