Screening features Wanuri Kahiu’s science fiction film, Pumzi

The African Studies Association announces its annual film screenings for Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St, Baltimore, MD (USA).

The 56th Annual Meeting will feature three film screenings, in addition to the traditional video booths in the Exhibit Hall. This year, two of the film Directors will attend the conference, and will hold introductory sessions prior to the screening. We hope you can join us for this exciting event, which is open only to Annual Meeting attendees (registration required).

We are featuring two major African films, plus one exciting new short. The two feature films represent the work of recent award-winning Anglophonic and Francophonic filmmakers. They are among the most important, moving, highly praised films of the year. The African Studies Association is excited to announce that these film screenings are co-sponsored by African Film Festival New York.

Pumzi: Friday, November 22, 2013 – 8:00PM to 8:30PM

Directed by Wanuri Kahiu, this extraordinary short film represents one of the first forays of African cinema into science fiction—and certainly is the first such effort by an African woman director.

The action takes place 35 years after World War III: “Set in a post-apocalyptic world in which water scarcity has extinguished life above ground, the short follows one scientist’s quest to investigate the possibility of germinating seeds beyond the confines of her repressive subterranean Nairobi culture. Nature is extinct. The outside is dead. Asha lives and works as a museum curator in one of the indoor communities set up by the Maitu Council. When she receives a box in the mail containing soil, she plants an old seed in it and the seed immediately starts germinating. Asha appeals to the Council to grant her permission to investigate the possibility of life on the outside, but the Council denies her exit visa.” The images in this film are visually stunning.

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