Dystopia and Dream Supressants in Kenyan Film (trailer)

by Jonathan Simrin

3 May 2010

Wanuri Kahiu hopes to develop her short film, showcased at Sundance this year, into a feature-length film.

Dystopian portraits of our planet’s future continue to inspire today’s filmmakers, producing quality works ranging from Children of Men to District 9 to Wall-E. Wanuri Kahiu adds her short film, Pumzi, to this fascinating genre, exploring a world ravaged by water shortages that forces East African survivors to live in contained communities. Pumzi follows its protagonist, who must protect a germinating seed from government officials. Earlier this year, Wired did a piece on the short film and Kahiu, a promising filmmaker in Kenya’s evolving film industry.

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