Short Film: Pumzi by Wanuri Kahiu

Kenya’s first Sci-Fi short

Photos courtesy Inspired Minority Pictures and One Pictures


Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu takes us to a post-apocalyptic dystopia 35 years after WWIII. The Water War left a damaged earth with scarce water and no organic life. Within Pumzi, the Maitu community is contained with limited contact and is forced to conserve any trace of water. Through Afrofuturism, Kahiu makes the viewer question “What is life without water?”.

Pumzi was screened at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival as part of its New African Cinema program. Kahiu is now working to develop the short into a feature-length film.

Director Wanuri Kahiu Starring Chantelle Burger Kudzani Moswela                               Cinematography Grant Appleton Distributed by Focus Features


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