Wanuri Kahiu’s Film Look Both Ways Gets Release Date at Netflix

We final heard main information on Wanuri Kahiu‘s upcoming Netflix undertaking in 2021 when the movie was nonetheless often called Plus/Minus. It’s lately been introduced that the parallel-universe drama now has a launch date, August 17, in addition to a brand new title, Look Both Ways. The film is aptly named for the viewers’s capacity to see the protagonist’s life diverge into two paths on the eve of her school commencement. Kahiu’s movie, starring Riverdale‘s Lili Reinhart, explores the age-old query: what if?

Look Both Ways follows the story of Natalie (Reinhart), an aspiring artist, on the precipice of life the night time earlier than her school commencement. From that time the story branches off on two separate paths because the viewers watches what might have been in each situations. In one actuality, Natalie finds out she’s pregnant and stays in her hometown in Texas. In this universe Natalie navigates the tough waters of elevating a baby as a single mom whereas exploring methods of pursuing her desires, as effectively. On the opposite hand, in her different actuality, Natalie set off for Los Angeles in direct pursuit of mentioned desires, aiming to develop into knowledgeable artist.


In an interview with the Golden Globes, Kahiu mentioned:

It is an unimaginable story about ladies’s resilience. On the one hand, it’s a story a couple of younger mom. A younger single mom, who’s making an attempt to determine how her life works and the way she pursues her ardour. On the opposite hand, it’s a story a couple of younger artist doing every little thing that she will to get a break within the business that’s so arduous to get into as a younger lady. On each side, it’s about ladies striving for excellence and that’s what drew me to it. Either by way of motherhood or artistry, it’s about ladies striving for excellence. That is crucial factor and that’s the huge takeaway and why I wished to be a part of the undertaking.

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The movie’s director, Kahiu, has beforehand centered on bringing the world extra movies and artwork from Kenya, her dwelling nation. Before Look Both Ways for Netflix, Kahiu’s first feature-length movie, From a Whisper, based mostly on the devastating occasions of the the1998 twin bombings of US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, earned the director 5 African Movie Academy Awards together with Best Director and Screenplay. Her second function movie Rafiki, a romantic drama following the lives of two younger Kenyan lesbians residing in a spot the place their love is illegitimate, earned a number of pageant nominations, garnering a number of wins. Look Both Ways might be her third function movie, forward of recently-announced The Thing About Jellyfish, with Stranger Thing‘s Millie Bobby Brown connected to star.

Alongside Reinhart, Netflix’s upcoming drama will star Luke Wilson (Old School), David Corenswet (We Own This City), Danny Ramirez (Top Gun: Maverick), Nia Long (Life in A Year), Andrea Savage (Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe), Aisha Dee (The Bold Type) and extra.

Look Both Ways might be streaming on Netflix on August 17. Check out the official synopsis beneath:

Tells the story of Natalie, whose life, on the eve of her school commencement, diverges into two parallel realities: one wherein she turns into pregnant and should navigate motherhood as a younger grownup in her Texas hometown, the opposite wherein she strikes to L.A. to pursue her profession.

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