Born on 30 October 1957 in Kinshasa, he studied Sociology, Contemporary History and Philosophy in Brussels, then he studied cinema in France, England and the United States.
Kanyinda is a filmmaker, poet, scriptwriter and a producer, he has numerous studies about the African cinema. He wrote articles about the image of the Africans in the western films and TV productions.
In 2006 he was invited by New York University (NYU) to teach filmmaking in a camp in Ghana. Kanyinda headed the jury in the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO).
His latest film Juju Factory gained big recognition in its premiere in the FESPACO in 2007, the film received four awards from Zanzibar International Film Festival, Innsbruck International Film Festival, African Film Festival in France as well as Kenya International Film Festival.