Meet the her words team - Mimo Mukii

 Photo by Douglas McDowell

Photo by Douglas McDowell

The work we do at her words wouldn’t be possible without an incredible team of creatives. Every month we are shining the spotlight on one of our collaborators to find out about what they do, why they believe in feminism, and what they’re obsessed with at the moment. This month we are talking with one of our producers, the incredibly talented Mimo Mukii!

Name: Mimo Mukii
Star sign: Scorpio
Currently eating: Lots of soup
Currently listening to: Jean Deaux
Currently watching/reading: Pose (Season 1)

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a media producer, working with screens and words. The work I do explores themes of
identity, intersectional feminism, representation and decolonisation. I’m Kenyan-Filipino,
and I grew up in Canberra. I love trash TV, drumming and being sarcastic.

What has been your role at her words? How would you describe what you do?
I’m a producer with her words, alongside Emma. I help organise production of
the web series, which includes discussing themes, looking for interviewees and locking down
locations and crew.

What other work do you do? How can people find out more about you and follow your
work and talents?

I currently run a blog called I SEE YOU where I write about African and African diaspora
screen media, which you can find on instagram @decolonisingscreens.
I am also producing a short film called Blackwood which explores the African Australian
experience in rural Australia. You can follow our production journey on Facebook and on
instagram @blackwood.shortfilm.
I also make video art sometimes, and recently had a video essay screened at the Emerging
Writers Festival. Follow me at @mimomukii if you want selfies and updates on my personal
work.

Why do you believe it’s important to share women’s stories? What does her words mean to you?
It’s important to share women’s stories because [white cisgender heterosexual] men’s stories
are over saturating the market, and have been for too long. Hearing stories from people like
you who have had similar experiences is comforting, and it makes you feel less alone.
her words is great because there is such a variety of stories being shared. There will be things
that you identify with and relate to, and there will be things that you’ve never experienced,
which will be educational. I also hope [white cisgender heterosexual] men are paying attention and getting the memo to step back, shut up and listen. Women have a lot of knowledge, experiences, wisdom and ideas that can’t be overlooked anymore.

What does feminism mean to you? Is it something you’ve always felt aligned with or did you
identify with it later in life?

To me, feminism is a journey of understanding the systems that are in place to oppress
people, with the end goal of dismantling these systems. Feminism has been great for me
because it has taught me how to express the anger and frustration I have felt all my life.

I’m trying to make sure that the feminism that I practice is intersectional, inclusive and
global. It is hard for me to match the feminism that I have learned in Melbourne and in
university settings when I am travelling back to my homelands, because the problems are
different and the culture is different, so grappling with that is something that I am working
on. Feminism for me is always shifting and updating and learning.

Who are some of the women who’ve inspired you along the way?
My mum and my grandma and my aunties are all so dope. They’ve been kicking goals,
moving all over the world, getting educated, building communities and creating opportunities
for their kids. Also Oprah, Rihanna, Ava DuVernay, and Shonda Rhimes are all inspiring
black women and Queens who have created their own empires.

What are you most proud of?
I am proud of the work I do, of the people I get to work with, and of the stories I get to tell.

What’s one thing you believe each person could do to contribute to greater equality in Australia and beyond?
Practice speaking up by having those hard conversations with your family and friends. If you
can, let your loved ones know that you don’t agree with them and that their opinion or
behaviour is problematic.

What are you looking forward to right now?
Summer!

Domini Marshall