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Pumzi (2010): meaning ‘Breath’ in Swahili)

PUMZI (2010) Trailer By Kenyan Writer/Director WANURI KAHIU.

PUMZI is the Swahili word for ‘BREATH.’

Pumzi Film Synopsis:  It is a sci-fi film about futuristic Africa, 35 years after World War III –The Water War. 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.

PUMZI as described by Wanuri Kahiu (Writer/Director)
 “Pumzi is a visual ode to life. A life that (as described by Lorraine Hansberry) has within it that which is good, that which is beautiful and that which is love. Pumzi is the essence of all these. Pumzi is my breath.”

PUMZI Film Teaser

In 2008, Wanuri completed her first feature film ‘From A Whisper’ based on the real life events surrounding the August 7, twin bombings of US Embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in 1998.

The film recently won awards at:

  • 1. The Africa Movie Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Picture.
  • 2. The Golden Dhow award for Best East African Picture at Zanzibar International Film Festival.
  • 3. Best Film at Kalasha, Kenya Film and TV awards.

Shortly after she completed a documentary about the life of Nobel peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai entitled; ‘For Our Land’ (2009) for M-Net ‘Great Africans’ Series.

Wanuri completed a short science fiction film; ‘Pumzi’ (2009) that was partially funded by Focus Features (part of NBC universal), Goethe Institute and Changa Moto Fund in Kenya.

Other works by Wanuri Kahiu:

‘From A Whisper’ (2008)
Film Synopsis: A Film by Wanuri Kahiu based on real events surrounding the US Embassy bombing in Kenya – August 7, 1998. In Kenyan Cinemas August 15, 2008.

Peace & Blessings,
Lo (Enigmaress)

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