Kati Kati

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    Kati Kati

    Directed by

    Kenya, Germany

    2016

    75 min

    • Swahili

    Drama

    When Kaleche, a young amnesiac, wakes up in the middle of the wilderness, she has no idea how she got there. She makes her way to Kati Kati, a nearby lodge, where she meets a motley crew of residents under the leadership of Thoma. As Kaleche strikes up a quick and intense friendship with him, she discovers that there’s a lot more to Thoma and the mysterious Kati Kati.

    Awards

    • FIPRESCI Award (Discovery) - Toronto IFF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Nyokabi Gethaiga
    Elsaphan Njora
    Screenplay
    Mbithi Masya
    Mugambi Nthiga
    Cinematography
    Andrew "Dru" Mungai
    Editing
    Louizah Wanjiku
    Music
    Sean Peevers
    Ibrahim Sidede
    Just A Band
    Production
    RUSHLAKE MEDIA GMBH
    Production
    ONE FINE DAY FILMS
    Production
    GINGER INK FILMS
    fspro.front.film.company.type.
    THE FESTIVAL AGENCY
    Festival Bookings
    THE FESTIVAL AGENCY

    Press

    A film that draws on tradition... without falling into the stylistic or genre traps of any of those approaches.

    Michael Sicinski, Cinema Scope

    Mbithi Masya

    Mbithi Masya

    Kenya

    I’m used to working on a small scale. I think if they told me to write a big African epic … I would have been out of my depth.

    Born and raised in Nairobi, filmmaker, writer and artist Mbithi Masya began his career in advertising. After joining the highly acclaimed experimental art collective Just a band, he left his role as an agency art director to focus on film and music. Over the course of four years he worked on several video installations, including KUDISHNYAO! which was hosted at the Rush Gallery in New York in 2012. His entry for the 2015 edition of the 48 Hour Film Project, IT’S BEEN A WHILE, won the Audience Award and is one of Nairobi’s featured selections. His direction of music videos has earned him recognition from local and international press such as the New York Times, Huffington Post Fader and Okay Player; as well as being highlighted by Google. KATI KATI (2016) is his first feature film.