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Bechdel Test Canon: Pumzi

In a recent interview with Samantha Burton for Bitch, Kenyan writer-director Wanuri Kahiu recalled a lovely endorsement she received from a film festival attendant in Zanzibar. Speaking of her 2009 short Pumzi, he said: “If you ask everybody here, ‘What exactly happened in that film?’ they wouldn’t be able to tell you. But if you ask everybody here, ‘What was that film about ?’ they would be able to tell you.
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Kenyan Short "Pumzi" Explores Life After The Water Wars [Pumzi]

Genres / Sci Fi : io9 (5 years ago)

One of the standout science fiction films at this year's Sundance Festival is Wanuri Kahiu's short Pumzi, set in Kenya of the future, after water wars have decimated humanity. With its African futurist look, this could be another Di... Read Post

LA Shorts Fest: Two Adaptations

Entertainment : Huffington Post: Entertainment Blog (last week)

When I asked first-time director Tim Guinee about the challenges of adapting Horton Foote's play The One Armed Man for a short film, he laughed as he recalled a piece of advice from fellow filmmaker Peter Hedges. Hedges told him tha... Read Post

Kenyan Sci-Fi Short Pumzi Hits Sundance With Dystopia

Entertainment : The Underwire (5 years ago)

Pumzi, Kenya’s first science fiction film, imagines a dystopian future 35 years after water wars have torn the world apart. East African survivors of the ecological devastation remain locked away in contained communities, but a youn... Read Post


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