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.
Veve (Kenya, Germany 2014, 95 min) by Simon Mukali
Language: Swahili & English, with English subtitles
Nominated for the African Magic Viewers’ Choice Award for Best Art Director 2015
Festivals 2014: Internationales Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg, Durban International Film, Film Fest Hamburg
VEVE follows the lives of multiple characters trying to find themselves in a world of political intrigue, revenge, love and longings for success complemented by the background of the thriving yet unregulated business around veve, East Africa's controversial stimulant. All are in search of purpose not knowing, that their destinies are entwined in more ways than they imagine.
Veve is Mukali's directorial Feature Film debut, remarkably is that some actors of the cast celebrated their screen premiere.
“Kenyan director Simon Mukali created an impressive film. His work on corrupted politics, the striving for wealth, revenge and love delights the audience.” – Die Welt
Simon Se’ydou Mukali is a writer and director born in Nairobi, Kenya. He studied Architecture before switching careers and getting into the world of film. He has worked on several television productions and various freelance assignments. In 2012 he was a Content Director on the Kenyan reality series UONGOZI. During this time he directed the feature documentary LET ME BE A CHILD, a social commentary on the state of street children in Nairobi.
All GOETHE FILMS are open to audiences 18+
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