Beyond A Craft | A Story of Resilience & Triumph by Mũchiri Njenga

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Beyond A Craft is inspired by a true story. Join Pedro from Ecuador as he seeks to provide for his daughter Maria while overcoming great struggles and hardship. Will the talents and dreams of his daughter ever be realized, or will both Pedro and Maria sink deeper into poverty? Watch the film in full here:

 

 

Beyond A Craft is a short film written and directed by Mũchiri Njenga. It is the result of Njenga taking part in the MicroFlicks Global Film Challenge which is an initiative of VisionFund and World Vision to locate and promote talented filmmakers around the globe and their films focusing on microfinance (learn more about Vision Fund’s microfinance here). These filmmakers use their skills and travel to interesting and unique locations while bringing microfinance into focus through captivating film.

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Erick Msumanje | My Mother’s Songs

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Language: Swahili with English subtitles.

My Mother’s Songs, is set in an African landscape that examines inter-generational trauma. The film depicts a collection of traumatic experiences through the eyes of several young women desperately trying to make sense of their existence. This theme is connected to Africa’s history of brutal colonialism, shattered dreams from independence, and chronic poverty. The second trailer is particularly harrowing as a child tells a story of a parent’s murderous rejection. Watch to the end.

Tanzanian writer and director Erick Msumanje was recently awarded the highly-competitive Princess Grace Award for filmmaking. Msumanje, positions his film making to “push the boundaries of cinematography, aesthetics, and storytelling.”

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Recent work includes The Journey which examines violence, fear and racism from the perspective of a little boy in search of something that could potentially change himself and those around him and a short documentary film titled The Devil’s House, which is about a mysterious young man who takes a journey clouded in blurred memory, displacement, and trauma.

Join writer and director Erick Msumanje for the first screening of My Mother’s Songs, at Hampshire College which will serve as his Division III (senior thesis) premiere.

APRIL 6, 2013, 7:00 PM
Hampshire College (Jerome Liebling Center for Film, Photography, and Video)

Bill Brand Screening Room (room 120)

Nairobi Half-Life: Kenya’s First Oscar Contender

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This is Kenya’s first entry for the Foreign Film category at the Oscars.

A brief synopsis:

A young aspiring actor (played brilliantly by Joseph K. Wairimu) from upcountry Kenya dreams of becoming an accomplished actor one day, and in pursuit of this and the chagrin of his brother and parents, he makes his way to Nairobi the city of opportunity. He quickly understands why Nairobi is nicknamed Nairrobery as he is robbed of all his money and belongings and left alone in a city where he doesn’t know a soul.

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