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Wanuri Kahiu’s sci-fi film, Pumzi, is about Africa in the future. The film takes its title from the Swahili word for “breathâ€. Set 35 years after a Third World War – a water war – it tells a story of belief and sacrifice. Kahiu addresses the already contemporary battle over scarce resources, developing the theme into a post-apocalyptical nightmare scenario, but not without leaving a glimmer of hope for the viewer. The set design for the elaborately staged opus was inspired by both 1950s film classics and traditional African art.
Â PumziÂ was partially funded by Focus Features, Goethe Institut and Changa Moto Fund in Kenya, screened at Sundance in 2010.