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SUBIRA

BY SIPPY CHADHA

SUBIRA is a free spirit, a young Muslim girl born to be in the water. She loves to swim and go fishing with her father – much to her mother’s dismay. In her element in the ocean, SUBIRA dreams of swimming competitively, as the boys do. But when her father dies in a boating accident, suddenly she’s not allowed to swim at all anymore. Subira now finds herself firmly in the clutches of her traditional mother, Mwana, whose single- minded aim is to arrange a good marriage for her daughter.

Though matched with the sensitive, progressive-minded Toufiq, marriage does not quell Subira’s longing to swim and her problems are just beginning.
Director Sippy Chadha has expanded her award-winning short film of the same name to make an engaging feature-length drama about a young woman’s fight to follow her dreams.

AVAILABLE RIGHTS

All rights worldwide, except Scandinavia, Kenya, Middle East and Italy

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FESTIVALS & AWARDS

5 Kalasha Awards 2018, including Best Feature Film

ORIGINAL TITLE

Subira

YEAR

2018

GENRE

Feature Film – Drama

DURATION

99 min.

ORIGINAL LANGUAGE

English, Swahili

COUNTRY

Kenya, Denmark

DIRECTOR

Sippy Chadha

WRITER

Sippy Chadha

CAST

Brenda Wairimu, Tirath Padam, Nice Githinji, Melvin Alusa

PRODUCTION

Kaaya Films

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