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Pumzi (2009)

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A sci-fi film about Africa in the future, 35 years after World War III, the water war.


Wanuri Kahiu


Wanuri Kahiu
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A pair of African immortals travel through time from pre-Colonial West Africa to the distant future.



Complete credited cast:
Kudzani Moswela Kudzani Moswela ... Asha
Chantelle Burger Chantelle Burger ... Cleaner
Tammy Richards Tammy Richards ... P.
Nicole Bailey Nicole Bailey ... Binti
Freddy Djanabia ... Guard 1
Anton David Jeftha ... Guard 2 (as Anton Jeftha)
Arthur Cornelisser Arthur Cornelisser ... Guard 3
Marius Botha Marius Botha ... Water Distributor
Marlon Ryneveldt Marlon Ryneveldt ... Guard / Policeman
Trymore Ndhlovu Trymore Ndhlovu ... Exercisor 1
Cheslynn Cheslynn ... Exercisor 2
Henry Booysen Henry Booysen ... Exercisor 3
Andy Kurehwatira Andy Kurehwatira ... Exercisor 4
Wolfgang Wienssenstein Wolfgang Wienssenstein ... Floor Cleaner


As a result of the Third World War, the war for water, life died out on Earth. Asha lives and works as a curator of the Natural History Museum in one of the communities established in Africa. Once he receives a sample of the earth and tries to plant one of the seeds on it. It turns out that the land is not contaminated radioactive, the grain begins to germinate. He asks the Community Council to explore the possibility of recreating life on the planet. The answer is negative and the woman is arrested. He decides to escape to the surface, to the deadly desert, and plant his little tree somewhere. Written by Montago

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The outside is dead.


Short | Sci-Fi




South Africa | Kenya



Release Date:

January 2010 (USA) See more »


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$35,000 (estimated)
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This short is apparently the first science fiction film produced in Kenya. See more »


Edited into Africa First: Volume One (2010) See more »

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No question the best science fiction short I have ever seen
9 March 2014 | by ElizaNavarroSee all my reviews

This short film holds emotional punch played out against a surprising amount of seamless (as opposed to obtrusive) world building. Kudzani Moswela's acting made me feel a character instead of see an actress. The sets, locations, and costumes were superb. The writing was well-done and kept me tantalized up to and past the ending.

Sometimes when you say a short film needs to be a movie, you are criticizing it for picking up a story with too large a scope to properly fit the medium. Pumzi doesn't need to be a movie; it deserves to be a movie. Also, someone get Kudzani into another film.

No question the best science fiction short I have ever seen. The fact this was created by a small Kenyan company makes it that much more incredible.

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