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Moving pictures, changing perspectives

"Country Queen": Groundbreaking Kenyan series premieres in Germany

The series is in many ways the first of its kind for the country and the region. Starting on June 15, you can watch the first season of the DW Akademie-supported series on Arte in Germany and France.

Corruption, the urban-rural divide and women's roles in society are issues addressed by the fictional series "Country Queen". The series from Kenya is the first series from East Africa to be distributed worldwide on Netflix. As of June 15, the show will also be available to stream on Arte in France and Germany.

The series focuses around Akisa, a woman who moved far from her village to leave her past behind and start a new life in Nairobi. Yet when she is compelled to return home to visit her ailing father, she finds that an exploitative mining company has discovered gold near her childhood village. Caught between worlds, she must confront her past and decide what is truly important.  

Filmmakers worked on the series for five years with the support of DW Akademie and its partner Good Karma Fiction. Local expertise and capacities in all areas of film production, from acting and directing to camera and makeup, were built up during production. The high quality of the series ultimately attracted the interest of the streaming service Netflix and "Country Queen" has gone on to be hailed as a major success for the Kenyan creative sector.  


For the first time, all six episodes will be available in France and Germany on Arte. The series was previously released worldwide on Netflix in July 2022, apart from these two countries.  

A TV broadcast is also planned on Arte on June 22 and June 29, at 10:55 p.m. with three episodes to be played each night. 

The DW Akademie film industries team supports and implements projects that aim to strengthen the economic systems of film industries in the Global South and to contribute to freedom of expression. Funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), DW Akademie professionalizes and qualifies filmmakers in the creation, production and distribution of films and series. ​​​​​​​

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