“Bereft of earthly memories, a new arrival in the afterlife struggles to recover the past, in this poetic fantasy that offers a dark reflection on personal atonement in the shadow of Kenya’s violent past
Imagine waking up one day in a barren wasteland. Amnesia leaves you clueless as to your whereabouts, your identity, and how you arrived. A small group of strangers welcomes you to a nearby oasis resort, and they reveal to you the nature of this new reality. You are dead. And this is the afterlife. This is what happens to Kaleche (Nyokabi Gethaiga) in the enigmatic opening sequence of Kati Kati, writer-director Mbithi Masya’s poetic first feature film.
Kaleche is a new arrival with no recollection of her life or death. A dozen other young Kenyans are all caught in the same eerie dormant state. They want for nothing; they simply write down whatever their heart desires and it appears at their bedside the next morning.
The group’s unofficial leader is Thoma (Elsaphan Njora), who is passionate about helping the dead remember and reconcile with their fragmented pasts. But Kaleche’s presence triggers a transformation in Thoma. Their mutual enchantment with each other unearths a sinister secret of his, forcing him to confront his own denial and pain.
Masya is one third of the alternative house-funk trio Just a Band, and his musical background clearly informs the film’s lyrical rhythms — to say nothing of the way the script by Masya and co-writer Mugambi Nthiga crescendoes to a climax. With echoes of Wings of Desire and After Life, Kati Kati offers a dark reflection on personal atonement in the shadow of Kenya’s past.”
“Black science fiction trailblazer Samuel Delaney, 63, remembers teaching Butler as a 23-year-old student at the Clarion Science Fiction Workshop. She was, he says, incredibly shy, a student who spoke only when she had something to say, but someone who obviously had great talent.
It was years later, however, after she had published "Kindred,” that he saw what she had become. “It was wonderful to see how she had bloomed and gained so much self-confidence and become a really extraordinary public speaker,” Delaney says. She also was a pathblazer in a genre where once you could count the black writers on one hand.“
Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.
Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti’s stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach.
If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself - but first she has to make it there, alive.
Nnedi Okorafor, born to Igbo Nigerian parents in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 8, 1974, is an author of fantasy and science fiction for both adults and younger readers. Her children’s book Long Juju Man (Macmillan, 2009) won the 2007-08 Macmillan Writer’s Prize for Africa, and her adult novel Who Fears Death (DAW, 2010) was a Tiptree Honor Book. She is currently a professor of creative writing at Chicago State University.
Binti will be released on September 22, 2015. Order here.
Anybody can look at a pretty girl and see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl that she used to be. But a great artist-a master-and that is what Auguste Rodin was-can look at an old woman, portray her exactly as she is…and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be…and more than that, he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an armadillo, or even you, see that this lovely young girl is still alive, not old and ugly at all, but simply prisoned inside her ruined body. He can make you feel the quiet, endless tragedy that there was never a girl born who ever grew older than eighteen in her heart…no matter what the merciless hours have done to her. Look at her, Ben. Growing old doesn’t matter to you and me; we were never meant to be admired-but it does to them.
i cannot believe there is fandom drama surrounding another girl being on stranger things like…….damn y'all they’re supposed to be 13 years old i honestly doubt she’s gonna come in and be like i’m here 2 steal ur man sweaty ;)
A while back I saw a cecil cosplay as a mixed race/native american. I can’t find the link but it was pretty amazing. Another rendition of cecil (I like this one more). Previous design. Carlos stayed the same cause he’s perfect.
Contrary to popular belief, Ripley in Aliens is an amazing female heroine because she honestly WASN’T trying to be a guy.
She was a woman who picked up a gun to defend herself. And Newt, whom she had essentially accepted as her surrogate daughter.
But the gun wasn’t the real weapon. It was her female empathy.
At the end, when she threatens The Alien Queen and subtlety tells her: “Yes, I will kill your children and your eggs, if you don’t let me leave!” her point is made. Both Ripley and The Alien Queen know about maternal love and are slaves to it.
That whole scene, and the franchise in general, is about feminism.
The saddest thing about the Empire/First Order is that a lot of the people involved seem to understand *absolutely* that, yes, they’re the bad guys. It’s not just 100% brainwashing.
When Luke calls out Vader on his actions in ROTJ, Vader doesn’t even deny it or defend himself. He simply shrugs and says weakly: “Oh, it’s too late for me, son.”
Those words say it all. That’s why Vader let all this hideous shit happen. He was too lazy or sad about Padme or liked the feeling of power to put a stop to any of this, even though he knew he should have.
That’s why I think Finn is a stand-out character in the franchise. He was the only one willing to recognise the corruption and do something about the situation he was in.
IMO, Finn had more personal strength than Vader ever did. Not one ounce of the force power, obviously, but still, far more personal strength.