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Kenyan Sci-Fi - Watch Muchiri Njenga's Experimental Short Film 'Kichwateli' ('TV-head')

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act October 9, 2012 at 10:58AM

In consideration of recent conversations about sci-fi/speculative fiction in continental African cinema, here's an experimental short film titled Kichwateli (Swahili for TV-head) from self-taught Kenyan animator/graphic designer/film director Muchiri Njenga.
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In consideration of recent conversations about sci-fi/speculative fiction in continental African cinema, here's an experimental short film titled Kichwateli (Swahili for TV-head) from self-taught Kenyan animator/graphic designer/film director Muchiri Njenga.

The story is set in a post-apocalyptic African slum and city, and takes the viewer on a spiritual and metaphorical voyage through a young boy's dream, mixing visual art, graphic design, animation and live action, blurring the lines of reality and fantasy, including imagery of a young boy with a live TV as his head, used to show the effects of media on a young generation.

The experimental short features music by Just A Band

I'd like to see what else Muchiri can do with his talents in terms of scripted narrative filmmaking, based on what I see in this short, and especially given the fact that he's self-taught. 

Watch:

Kichwateli from Studio Ang on Vimeo.


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