Wanuri Kahiu takes first Kenyan Sci-Fi short to Sundance

Wanuri Kahiu takes first Kenyan Sci-Fi short to Sundance


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Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu takes her sci-fi short #Pumzi to Sundance this year. Photo By: Chris King

Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu takes her sci-fi short Pumzi, the first-ever Kenyan Sci-Fi to Sundance this year.

Pumzi “started off as a small script about what kind of world we would have to be if we had to buy fresh air,” writer/director Wanuri Kahiu told Wired.com in a Skype interview. The movie was made with grant money from Focus Features’  short film program, the Goethe Institut, and the Changamoto arts fund. Pumzi will share the screen with two other films as part of Sundance’s New .

This special program presents three films that reflect a new wave of African cinema. South African filmmaker draws from ancient mythological storytelling traditions to create a kind of historical magical realism in relating a modern-day tale of warfare in Zimbabwe in her film .

Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu creates a brightly original science-fiction vision in her film Pumzi, a story of a botanist who risks everything to nurture a plant 35 years after the “Water War.” And Senegalese filmmaker draws from the fifties- and sixties-style French musicals to breathe fresh air into Saint Louis Blues, a buoyant road-trip tale set in the clogged urban streets and dusty roads of Senegal.

Bob Hensen

PUMZI is a Sci-Fi short film written/ directed by Wanuri Kahiu. (2009)

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