Pumzi (Breath in Swahili) is a Kenyan science-fiction short film written and directed by Wanuri Kahiu. It was screened at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival as part of its New African Cinema program. Synopsis Set in a post-apocalyptic world in which water scarcity has extinguished life above ground, the short follows one scientist's quest to investigate the possibility of germinating seeds beyond[...]
 
 
 
 
A short film by Nikyatu Jusu, African Booty Scratcher is a coming of age story, told through the lens of a young girl’s upcoming high school prom, that deals with the friction and conflicts that arise between one’s traditional roots and newfound cultural identity - a familiar battle amongst those living in the diaspora. In Jusu’s short film, we meet Isatu, a young girl forced to reassess her al[...]
 
 
 
Written and directed by Bryan Buckley, Asad takes place in a war-torn fishing village in Somalia, where a boy must decide between resigning to a life of piracy or choosing the path of an honest fishing man. “Somalia is a bizarre world where in their communities piracy can be accepted as just a job, an acceptable profession, to a degree. The pirates are just trying to survive because there i[...]
 
 
 
 
More from the BBC Storyville Why Poverty? initiative, which includes shorts and feature films, that will explore why, in the 21st century, 1 billion people still live in poverty. Today, an heartwarming, inspiring short film titled, Colors In The Dust, from director Jonathan Stack, which asks the question, Can a boy paint his way out of poverty? 1.5 million Haitians were left homeless by the [...]