by Wanuri Kahiu

PUMZI (2009) by Kenian filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu was screened as part of the UNEXPECTED LESSONS #2 film program on Sep 15, 2022 at Goethe Morph* Iceland at Nordic House Iceland.

A short synopsis: A 20 min Sc-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 by Wanuri Kahiu – Trailer