This is Pumzi, a Kenyan film (dr. Wanuri Kahiu) that was one of the films sampled for the awesome Ancillary Justice fan trailer. From Wikipedia: “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 immediately starts germinating.” @annleckie
Pumzi is a Kenyan science-fiction short film written and directed by Wanuri Kahiu.
A 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.
I am a Somali-Kenyan film photographer currently residing in Cape Town, South Africa. I choose to create as a form of reclaiming agency through photography where I focus my work towards capturing people of colour and queer bodies. Film has been considered an outdated form of photographic expression but I shoot with film for the mastery of photography and the thrill of seeing images captured long after the moment has passed. I use a Minolta x-700.
Onditi’s work examines the cyclical nature of human experience and behaviour, encapsulated in the oft touted expression ‘what goes around, comes around’. Typically his work depicts a lonely character called ‘Smokey’ who represents a blank state of mind. The artist works in muted hues using a reductive technique to navigate what he refers to as the dilemma of the human condition.
Onditi has exhibited both in Kenya and internationally including the exhibition ‘Ernst and Young Action’ at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt, 2010. ‘Half Life’ depicts a botched robbery ordeal and contains defaced Kenyan currency.
The work was inspired by the successful Kenyan film, ‘Nairobi Half Life’. It is one of a pair with the other sold in May 2013 at the Bonhams Charity Auction.