Kati Kati

  • Directed by Mbithi Masya
  • Kenya/Germany, 2016, 75 mins., Swahili/English

Kaleche, a young woman with no memory of her life or death, wanders into the otherworldly village of Kati Kati, not knowing who she is or how she got there. She finds a community of eccentrics led by the charismatic Thoma, to whom she is inexplicably drawn. As the residents begin to discover what is keeping them there, and the living and the dead ominously intersect, the film becomes a magicalrealist reflection on the legacy of violence and survival in Kenya. Masya’s debut film won the International Critics’ Prize, Toronto International Film Festival. In Swahili with English subtitles.

Reviews: Hollywood Reporter, The Film Stage

Interviews: Interview with Mbithi Masya at AFI

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