Pumzi (Air)

Director: Wanuri Kahiu
Country: Kenya, South Africa
Year: 2009
Running Time: 33 min.
Language: English

Pumzi (Air), Wanuri Kahiu, Kenya / South Africa, 2009, 33 min.
Pumzi (Air) is set in the East African region, 35 years after World War III, in a world with no water and toxic soil. The story is told through the eyes of Asha, a curator at a virtual natural history museum in the Maitu Community. She receives soil in the mail and decides to plant a seed in it, regardless of her superior’s instructions.

About the Director

Wanuri Kahiu

wanuri-kahiuBiography: Wanuri Kahiu is an alumna of UCLA’s master’s program in film directing and made her professional debut in 2006, directing a behind-the-scenes documentary, The Spark that Unites. In 2008 she completed her first feature film, From a Whisper, which was based on the real-life events surrounding the 1998 twin bombings of US Embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. The film went on to win several international awards. In 2009 Kahiu completed a short science-fiction film, Pumzi (Air), which was partially funded by Focus Features (part of NBC Universal), the Goethe-Institut, and Changa Moto Fund in Kenya.

(Source: Through African Eyes – Conversations with the Directors – Volume 2, BONETTI Mahen and SEAG Morgan (Editors), 2010, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.140)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
From a Whisper (2010);
Pumzi [Air] (2010).

Reflection (2005);
Ama’s Mama (2005);
The Spark that Unites (2006);
Ras Star (2007);
From a Whisper (2008);
Pumzi [Air] (2009);
For Our Land (2009);
Africa First: Volume One (2011).