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Waithira

 

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.

 

AVAILABLE RIGHTS

All rights Worldwide except South Africa TV and VOD

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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.

ORIGINAL TITLE

Waithira

YEAR

2017

GENRE

Documentary

DURATION

71 min.

ORIGINAL LANGUAGE

English, Kikuyu

COUNTRY

South Africa

DIRECTOR

Eva Munyiri

WRITER

Eva Munyiri

CAST

PRODUCTION

Team Tarbaby

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