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Artist's Choice Screening Double Bill: Pumzi & Born in Flames



It’s now thirty-five years since World War III, and in the Maitu Community in East Africa water is extremely scarce. The outside world has become a barren, toxic wasteland, or so the powers that be maintain. At the Virtual Natural History Museum, Asha receives a mysterious package which contains a soil sample that may provide hope for the future. Haunted by her recurring dreams of trees and water, Asha escapes Maitu, armed only with a compass and a tiny seedling, in search of life outside.

Kenya’s first sci-fi film, Pumzi offers a chilling but believable dystopian vision of the future that brings today’s environmental issues into sharp focus.

Born in Flames 

Lizzie Borden’s 1983 social drama explores how direct action can confront sexism, racism and class discrimination.

Set in New York, ten years after the peaceful ‘Social Democratic War of Liberation’, the film follows two groups of women as they respond to the death in police custody of political activist Adelaide; her death is officially labelled a suicide, but others in the movement believe there has been a cover-up.

Constructed using faux talk shows, news reports, documentary footage and surveillance tapes – and directed, produced and edited by Borden herself – Born in Flames is an urgent, futuristic vision of a post-revolutionary United States.