Project Description

WATATU FILM POSTER

Watatu

BY NICK REDING

Yusuf is a young university graduate suffering discrimination, lack of opportunity and is raging against injustice. He slowly becomes seduced by extremist thought, which leaves his family powerless to dissuade him. His Uncle Salim, the only father figure in his life, is helpless in the face of his nephew’s ideology.

When Salim discovers his new next-door neighbour is actually his long lost childhood friend, Jack, he is delighted. But Jack has become a policeman, a job which in a City increasingly divided by religion and tribe and simmering with violence, places a seemingly unbridgeable gulf between them. Yusuf, Jack and Salim’s lives become fatally and irrevocably entwined as Salim struggles to hold his friendship, family and community together.

But Yusuf’s sister has another plan. Knowing that the communities of Mombasa may have the solution, she takes her story to the streets. As the film morphs into a documentary, we see real people in Mombasa assume the roles of Yusuf’s mother, sister and uncle, taking the story into their own hands to determine a new ending and in doing so give voice to the majority Muslim community of coastal Kenya drowned out by extremists on the one side and Government repression on the other. Can the citizens of Mombasa change the tragic outcome of this story?

 

AVAILABLE RIGHTS

All rights Worldwide except Sub-Sahara Africa

 

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FESTIVALS & AWARDS

Rome International Film Festival 2015
Durban International Film Festival 2016
Zanzibar International Film Festival 2016
Africa in Motion Festival 2016
Verona African Film Festival 2016

ORIGINAL TITLE

Watatu

 

YEAR

2015

 

GENRE

Feature Film

 

DURATION

72 min.

 

ORIGINAL LANGUAGE

Swahili

COUNTRY

Kenya

DIRECTOR

Nick Reding

WRITER

Nick Reding

CAST

Ali Mlatso, Benson Obiva

PRODUCTION

S.A.F.E. Kenya

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