Presented by the Goethe-Institut
Co-presented by the Toronto Black Film Festival
In 2008, Berlin director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run; Cloud Atlas) started to invite African filmmakers to write and produce their own stories. A decade later, his project One Fine Day Films has mentored 1000 filmmakers from 21 African countries. GOETHE FILMS highlights 6 Kenyan-German features that have come out of these collaborations and have won awards from Los Angeles to Rotterdam.
A showcase of new directions.
Kati Kati (Kenya, Germany 2016, 75 min) by Mbithi Masya
Language: Swahili & English with English subtitles
International Critics’ Award for the Discovery programme (director), TIFF 2016
New Voices/new visions special Jury Prize (director), Palm Springs IFF 2017
Emerging Filmmaker Award, Minneapolis St. Paul IFF 2017
Nominated for Black Reel Awards 2018
Festivals 2017: America Film Institute Fest (AFI), Fribourg IFF
When Kaleche wakes up in the middle of the wilderness, she has no idea how or why she got there. She makes her way to Kati Kati, a nearby lodge, where she meets a motley crew of residents under the leadership of Thoma. As Kaleche strikes up a quick and intense friendship with him, she discovers that the functional alcoholic is a very special guy at a mysterious place: the lodge Kati Kati is inhabited by the souls of dead people waiting for redemption.
Kati Kati is Masya's directorial Feature Film debut
“An exciting and unique new voice in cinema” – FIPRESCI at TIFF
“Offering an interesting meditation on life and death, the film takes a novel premise and weaves it into a rather hypnotic cinematic experience” – CinemaAxis
Mbithi Masya was born and raised in Nairobi, where he began his career in advertising. After joining the highly acclaimed experimental art collective JUST A BAND, he left his role as an agency art director to focus on film and music. His direction of music videos has earned him recognition from local and international press such as the New York Times, Huffington Post, Fader and Okay Player.
All GOETHE FILMS are open to audiences 18+
Part of the Goethe-Institut's focus on German film