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    Kati Kati

    Directed by Mbithi Masya
    Kenya/Germany | 75 minutes | New Voices/New Visions

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    Kati Kati

    Directed by Mbithi Masya
    Kenya/Germany | 75 minutes | New Voices/New Visions

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    Kati Kati

    Directed by Mbithi Masya
    Kenya/Germany | 75 minutes | New Voices/New Visions

  • View Trailer

    Kati Kati

    Directed by Mbithi Masya
    Kenya/Germany | 75 minutes | New Voices/New Visions

  • View Trailer

    Kati Kati

    Directed by Mbithi Masya
    Kenya/Germany | 75 minutes | New Voices/New Visions

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    Kati Kati

    Directed by Mbithi Masya
    Kenya/Germany | 75 minutes | New Voices/New Visions

Both poetic parable and political allegory, Mbithi Masya’s revelatory drama posits a hunting lodge in the Kenyan wilderness as a purgatory where a group of recently deceased souls led by Kaleche (Nyokabi Gethaiga) and Thoma (Elsaphan Njora) struggle to recover memories of the past… Winner: FIPRESCI Discovery Prize, Toronto.

Schedule

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January 8, 2017 4:30 PM Regal Cinemas Tickets not available
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film synopsis

Produced by Tom Tykwer, the debut feature from Mbithi Masya signals the arrival of an urgent and accomplished new voice from sub-Saharan Africa. Kati Kati is genuinely remarkable; a fantasy film, a poetic parable and a political allegory.

When first we see her, Kaleche (Nyokabi Gethaiga) is somewhat dazed and totally lacking any sense of memory. She is welcomed to a hunting lodge, and is promptly informed that she has died. With her wants satisfied-all she and her fellow "guests" need do is write down what they desire for these things to appear the next morning-things are decidedly comfortable. But it is when she meets Thoma (Elsaphan Njora), a man committed to helping others remember their pasts, that their situation starts to seem like the purgatory it is-and salvation will come only to those who acknowledge the past and their roles in it.

Masya is a musician, and his musical background certainly informs Kati Kati's fluid mise en scène. His treatment of the political undertones of the film-Kenya's violent past is never far from the surface-is neither heavy-handed nor shrill, making this small gem one to remember.

Winner: FIPRESCI Discovery Prize, Toronto

film details

Country: Kenya/Germany
Year: 2016
Running Time: 75 minutes
Language: Swahili
Subtitles: Yes
Awards: FIPRESCI Discovery Prize, TIFF
Director: Mbithi Masya
Producers: Sarika Hemi Lakhani, Katja Lebedjewa
Principal Cast: Nyokabi Gethaiga, Elsaphan Njora, Paul Ogola
Cinematographers: Andrew Mungai
Editor: Christian Krämer, Louizah Wanjiku
Music: Sean Peevers, Ibrahim Sidede, Just a Band
Screenwriter: Mbithi Masya, Mugambi Nthiga
International Sales Company: The Festival Agency
Website: www.thefestivalagency.com/movies/detail/964

guests in attendance

Mbithi Masya – Director (January 6 only)

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