This Kenyan born, award winning storyteller came onto the scene with her directorial debut, “BOUND: Africans vs African-Americans” (BOUND) a documentary that attempts to heal the little-known rift between people of African descent. BOUND played in over a dozen festivals around the world winning the Women In Film- Lena Sharpe Award at the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival, the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2015 Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, and the Best Film Directed by a Woman of Color Award at the 2015 African Diaspora Film Festival in New York. BOUND has also screened at several universities including Harvard and Columbia and is used as a teaching tool in St. Cloud, Minnesota. It is currently available on iTunes, Amazon and the Urban Movie Channel.
A commanding actress, Peres is an LA Ovation nominee who has appeared in over two dozen plays in New York and Los Angeles. She’s played coveted roles like Hamlet in the LATC presentation of “Hamlet: Princess of Nubia” and Lady Macbeth in the Coleman and Smith Artistic company’s presentation of “Mocbet”. Her recent acting credits include the Off-Broadway production of “Supernatural”, “Break The Whip” directed by Academy Award ® winning director Tim Robbins, “Red Noses” directed by Tony Award ® winning director Dominique Serrand and the feature film “Default” opposite David Oyelowo (Selma). Her voice has also landed her roles in films like Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” and Sasha Baron Cohen’s film “The Brothers Grimsby” and the upcoming TV show, “The Looming Tower”.
She also studied improv at the Groundlings School and standup comedy with legendary comedian Judy Carter. Peres blogs at Kenyangirlonanamericansafari.blogspot.com and a collection of her writings are featured in her debut novel, “On The Verge”