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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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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 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


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

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The outside is dead.


Short | Sci-Fi




South Africa | Kenya



Release Date:

January 2010 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$35,000 (estimated)
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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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