Pumzi, Kenya's first science fiction film, imagines a dystopian future 35 years after water wars have torn the world apart. East African survivors of the ecological devastation remain locked away in contained communities, but a young woman in possession of a germinating seed struggles against the governing council to bring the plant to Earth's ruined surface.
The short film, which will compete in screen at this year's Sundance Film Festival, "started off as a small script about what kind of world we would have to be if we had to buy fresh air," writer/director Wanuri Kahiu told Wired.com in a Skype interview. Like recent standouts District 9 and Sleep Dealer, the short film taps into Third World realities and spins them forward for dramatic effect. But to produce Pumzi, Kahiu looked to the past, as well as the future.
Kenyan Sci-Fi Short Pumzi on Netflix
It's not bad at all, kind of like THX 1138 if you ask me (or ask my memory of seeing that oh 30 years ago!). A review is here, and you can see it on Netflix streaming as part of Africa First: Volume One