Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pumzi: Kenya's first sci-fi movie

Pumzi, a Kenyan sci-fi movie
What? A Kenyan science fiction film? Yes! The film is named Pumzi and started as a joke, but resulted in a very interesting synopsis:
Nature is extinct. The outside is dead. Asha lives and works as a museum curator in one of the indoor communities set up by the Maitu Council. When she receives a box in the mail containing soil, she plants an old seed in it and the seed starts to germinate instantly. Asha appeals to the Council to grant her permission to investigate the possibility of life on the outside but the Council denies her exit visa. Asha breaks out of the inside community to go into the dead and derelict outside to plant the growing seedling and possibly find life on the outside.
Kudzani Moswela, hiding her assets
The lead character Asha is played by the beautiful actress Kudzani Moswela.
Kudzani Moswela

The film's writer and director Wanuri Kahiu, who has an interesting blogsees her high-tech filmmaking as a continuation of an ancient, tribal storytelling tradition. Her movie From a Whisper received a total of twelve nominations and earned five awards at the 5th African Movie Academy Awards in 2009.

The movie raises interesting questions, such as "Who owns water?"

Here's the stunning trailer:

4 comments:

Amer Balala said...

WOW! This is so freaking cool!! I'm actually so excited to watch this... I never thought I'd live to see a Kenyan Sci-Fi Movie! I love how futuristic it looks... It's definitely an amazing production, don't you think?? I really can't wait to see it! :))

Anonymous said...

I'm excited about this movie. Go Kenya!

chumong said...

I LOVE KENYA!!!!!!!!!!!111

chumong said...

I LOVE KENYA!!!!!!!!!!!111