Overview participating exhibitions
Wanuri Kahiu's short film PUMZI – Swahili for ‘breath’ – is set in East Africa, 35 years after the Third World War broke out following an escalated conflict over water. In the post-apocalyptic reality of the film, people live in high-tech indoor communities where daily life is dictated by the water shortage. After being sent several fertile lumps of soil one day, Asha, the curator of a natural history museum, escapes from her community in search of life in the supposedly dead outside world. Her escape from the underground society symbolises the escape from all the oppressive rules and logic attempting to curb her scientific curiosity.
Wanuri Kahiu (Kenya, 1981) gained her Bachelor’s degree in Management Sciences at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England, and her Master’s degree in Directing at the School of Film and Television at the University of California in Los Angeles. She is the co-founder of AFROBUBBLEGUM, a media company that supports, creates and carries out African art in commission. Kahiu’s debut film From a Whisper from 2008 was awarded various prizes, including the Africa Movie Academy Award for best director and best film.