Mbithi Masya / Kenya / 11 mins / Swahili, English / Rating 15 / Scottish Premiere
Content Note: This film contains depictions of inferred child abuse. This screening is geo-blocked to the UK region only.
In the outskirts of Nairobi, Baba, a six-year-old boy with the unique gift of teleportation, struggles to understand people and the world around him - including his cousin Kevin, who is frequently tasked with looking after him and even shares a room with him. Buoyed by childish optimism and an extraordinary imagination, he bounces between his harsh reality and the peaceful solitude that his magical gift brings as he learns to protect childhood and innocence.
About the Director
Mbithi Masya directs films, music videos, and commercials. His first feature film, Kati Kati, produced by award-winning German director Tom Tykwer, has won several global awards, including the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) award in the Discovery Programme at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). FIPRESCI described Mbithi’s work as an "exciting and unique new voice in cinema".
Since then, Kati Kati has screened at over 40 festivals globally and has gone on to win the New Voices/ New Visions Award Special Mention at the Palm Springs International Festival, the Filmpris at the 19th CinemAfrica Film Festival in Stockholm, the Emerging Filmmaker Award at the 2017 Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival, and the Best East African Film award at the 2017 Africa Movie Viewers Choice Awards. He is also a part of the highly acclaimed experimental art collective JUST A BAND.
Friday 11th November 2022 / 6pm for 10 days / Online
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