If Turtles Could Talk 2022

Juma Adero / 20 mins / Kiswahili, English / Rating 12


This film is free to watch and is geo-blocked to the UK region only.

Jumba beach is an area inhabited by exotic marine life, green sea turtles and the fishermen who poach them. Three locals do everything in their power to protect the endangered species.

This film was created as part of the Scottish Documentary Institute's East African Stories programme, in partnership with Docubox and British Council.

About the Director

Juma Adero is a filmmaker and writer with several years of experience in the industry. He specialises in scriptwriting and is responsible for crafting unique narratives that not only reflect the world we live in, but also push boundaries and societal norms. 

Juma enjoys working with other filmmakers to create interesting films. He graduated from the Jomo Kenyatta Institute of Agriculture and Technology with a BA in Mass Communication in 2014. After this, he went on to pursue a postgraduate degree in Development Communication at the University of Nairobi.

In 2018 Juma was selected to be part of the StoriesFound initiative, a workshop organised by the US Embassy. Alongside eight other talented filmmakers, he worked on two documentaries, Shoto and Zumari, both of which received local and international acclaim. In 2019 he also participated in the Machakos Film Festival for the very first time. He got to compete with other filmmakers across the country, and his film The Read made the final ten. The film was nominated for Best Writer, Best Sound Design, and Best Cinematography.

Recently, Juma participated in the Nairobi edition of the 48-Hour Film Festival, where his film Hypnagogia scooped up five individual awards (Best Actor, Writer, Director, Editor and Cinematography). 

Juma’s work is inspired by several cinematic greats who have come before him. By looking at the past, he hopes to pave a way towards the future. In his free time, Juma enjoys long walks at the beach with his partner Mary and his dog Bruno. He is also known to frequent sports bars on occasion, where he will support any team playing against Arsenal.

Past Showings

Friday 11th November 2022 / 6pm for 10 days / Online

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