BY Eva Munyiri
Eva Njoki Munyiri left her birth country, Kenya, aged 14 and has lived in 3 different continents since then, leaving her somewhat “rootless”. Her journey to discover who her paternal grandmother, named Waithira, was leads her to Germany, Wales and Kenya where three women (her eldest sister and two cousins) named Waithira after their grandmother live. The director weaves a tapestry of two generations of African women from the fragments of these three women’s lives as well as the recollections of her uncle Kamau an eighty-year old man who lives on the family’s traditional land in Kenya.
WAITHIRA explores the director’s intimate history and its intersections with forgotten Kenyan history, pop culture and the diaspora. The film thus seeks to investigate how our known, unknown and imagined past impacts our lives.
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FESTIVALS & AWARDS
Encounters South Africa 2017
Durban International Film Festival 2017
Luxor African Film Festival 2018 – Jury Award in the Long Documentary competition.