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African Sci-Fi: Pumzi (2009)

The outside is dead…


[…] sci-fi in an African context often means going “back to the future” as much as forward, the “natural” direction of most Western science fiction.


PUMZI (IMDB) – short film 21′ – Kenya 2009 – by Wanuri Kahiu with Kudzani Moswela

A sci-fi film about Africa in the future, 35 years after World War III, the water war.

Pumzi - the outside is dead

Nature is extinct. The outside is dead. Asha lives and works as a museum curator in one of the indoor communities set up by the Maitu Council. When she receives a box in the mail containing soil, she plants an old seed in it and the seed starts to germinate instantly. Asha appeals to the Council to grant her permission to investigate the possibility of life on the outside but the Council denies her exit visa. Asha breaks out of the inside community to go into the dead and derelict outside to plant the growing seedling and possibly find life on the outside.

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