What a great day!  I attended a screening of Pumzi at Chicago's DuSable Museum and was privileged to hear BSFS member and accomplished author Nnedi Okorafor read from her latest novel Who Fears Death.

Pumzi is a movie I had been waiting to see.  It was well worth the wait.  Pumzi is a science fiction movie set in a futuristic post-apocalyptic Africa.  It was written and directed by  Wanuri Kahiu, a Kenyan.  In this 20 minute piece, the world is a seething desert. Humans seem to be concentrated in a glitzy underground habitat reminiscent of the layout in Logan's Run (some of you might be familiar with that 70s classic).
Water is a scarce and precious commodity in this environment, so precious that the inhabitants of this place endeavor not to let a single drop of their bodily fluids go to waste.  The habitat is highly regimented, where an Orwellian authoritarianism holds sway over a population that is not allowed to dream.  Dream suppressant pills are widely available and their consumption mandatory to keep dreams at bay. 
Asha, the protagonist, is a scientist who receives a sprouting seed which she takes as evidence that life exists somewhere on the barren outside.  She also has recurring dreams where she encounters a vibrant tree.  Of course she's spurred by a disembodied voice to take her dream suppressants.  But once the imagination has been unlocked, an idea visualized, they can't be suppressed.  Asha's determination to investigate the seed's origin puts her on a collision course with a regime as rigorous in quashing hope as it is suppressing dreams.
Aside from the superb storytelling, the visual aspects of this movie has the qualitative look and feel of a major blockbuster and the woman who plays the lead is very easy on the eyes.  Nnedi mentioned that Wanuri Kahiu's goal is to make Punzi a full length feature film.  I pray and hope that she obtains the backing and the budget for such a project.  
To my BSFS cohorts, if Pumzi happens to arrive in your neck of the woods, check it out.  As I said, this flick is well worth seeing!

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How can you find out where it will be next? This is nice.
I'm not sure. Nnedi would probably have some inside information since she corresponds with the maker of the film.

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How can you find out where it will be next? This is nice.
I just wrote a response to this piece, hyping Charles Saunders and Sword and Soul!!!!!!!!!
Hi Ronald, *waves*
I remember sticking the trailer for this film on my blog a few months ago. I too hope they get enough funding for a full length feature, if not, for an hour length cable/DVD deal. Any ideas if its going to be shown in the UK or Europe??
Hi Yinka!! Actually, I haven't heard any news about future Pumzi showings. I hope it gets enough exposure to generate a buzz!

yinka wills said:
Hi Ronald, *waves*
I remember sticking the trailer for this film on my blog a few months ago. I too hope they get enough funding for a full length feature, if not, for an hour length cable/DVD deal. Any ideas if its going to be shown in the UK or Europe??
Thanks for heads up on this film. I went to Yinka's blog post and found youtube link to the trailer. The visuals are stunning. I can't wait to see the movie.
You'll enjoy it. It's really high quality.

Attendant One said:
Thanks for heads up on this film. I went to Yinka's blog post and found youtube link to the trailer. The visuals are stunning. I can't wait to see the movie.

I saw the movie and loved it. There was only one part I didn't like. 

I would love to see this made into a full blown movie. 

it was a deep movie on many levels: It shows us what the world will become if we dont change our ways, it makes clear how precious water is ((((I pray for water everyday that i remember at 5:55....join us to save clean water access for everyone))) I love that a science fiction film had black people in it. not just one token but enough to feel like we are part of this world, thats so important for our youth but also our own conditioning as well. We are smart, critical thinkers and scientist....all of that is in this film. i would love a full length film but maybe not on this subject (((a little to realistic and slightly depressing topic in a feature))) but I liked it. because its on Netflix ill watch it a few times before they take it off...and you should to~

 

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