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Pumzi
Directed by Wanuri Kahiu
Produced by Simon Hansen
Amira Quinlan
Hannah Slezacek
Written by Wanuri Kahiu
Starring Chantelle Burger
Kudzani Moswela
Music by Siddhartha Barnhoorn
Cinematography Grant Appleton
Editing by Dean Leslie
Studio Inspired Minority Pictures
Distributed by Focus Features
Release date(s) October 21, 2009 (2009-10-21)(Kenya Film Festival)
Running time 21 minutes
Country South Africa
Kenya
Language English
Budget $35,000

Pumzi 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[1][2][3]. The project was funded with grants from the Changamoto arts fund, as well as from the Goethe Institut and Focus Features' Africa First short film program which are also to distribute the work. Kaihu hopes to expand the short into a full-length feature.[2]

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 the confines of her repressive subterranean Nairobi culture.[3]

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