Pumzi (2009): Visions of Africa

My recent visit to London was far too short, but I was able lucky enough to catch a special screening at the British Library of the Pumzi movie, a breakthrough African sci-fi film — with strong echoes of Logan’s Run — that I particularly enjoyed. It was a rare to opportunity for dialogue with the director herself, Wanuri Kahiu as well as superwoman Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock, celebrated Nigerian-born astronomer. Also represented in the audience were the ubiquitous FOKN Bois, an avante-garde Ghanaian hip-hop duo, perhaps best described as ‘strict sub-Saharan psychomental.’ And of course, afropolitan guru and DJ, Kobby Graham, DUST Magazine editor and ‘funky professor’ at  Ashesi University, wasn’t too far from the scene. In case you missed it, here’s the trailer for the Pumzi movie:

Sc-Fi film about futuristic Africa, 35 years after World War III –The Water War. Nature is extinct. The outside is dead. Asha lives and works as a museum curator in one of the indoor communities set up by the Maitu Council. When she receives a box in the mail containing soil, she plants an old seed in it and the seed starts to germinate instantly. Asha appeals to the Council to grant her permission to investigate the possibility of life on the outside but the Council denies her exit visa. Asha breaks out of the inside community to go into the dead and derelict outside to plant the growing seedling and possibly find life on the outside.

afrofuturist, sci-fi writer, freelance philosopher

5 thoughts on “Pumzi (2009): Visions of Africa

  1. Wow, what an incredible post! Lots of cool stuff going on, and most of all of course, I can’t wait to get my hands on Accra!

  2. Jonathan,

    great news – I’m following your work for quite some time now, since I read your short story in DUST mag I am impatientyl waiting for more. I’m glad you went the eBook route but PLEASE do NOT hurt yoursel by making this a kindle exclusive! Kindly make sure that you include an epub-ebook publisher in your release plans. This is not simply because I personally own a sony reader, but a large group of teh more adventurous ereaders do. Epub is more videly available, and having a reader that is epub-enabled kind of invites reading off the beaten tracks. If you check the heroes of epublishing such as Amanda Hocking (http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2011/03/amanda-hocking-and-99-cent-kindle.html ) you’ll see that they made sure to publish on both platforms. I’m sure you also know that the most adventurous Kindle users will have a way of sideloading epub, so adding it does not take away the Kindle market. I’m sure you ve done your research, but maybe this can still be helpful: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/316

    as well as the more recent parts of this discussion:

    Hope to read from you – including your Book in ePub!

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