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The Liverpool Companion to World Science Fiction Film$
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Sonja Fritzsche

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781781380383

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781380383.001.0001

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The Environmental Dominant in Wanuri Kahiu’s Pumzi

The Environmental Dominant in Wanuri Kahiu’s Pumzi

(p.21) 1. The Environmental Dominant in Wanuri Kahiu’s Pumzi
The Liverpool Companion to World Science Fiction Film

Ritch Calvin

Liverpool University Press

The early films of Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu focused on contemporary issues through a realist mode of filmmaking. However, her 2009 film, Pumzi (Breath), utilizes the science fiction mode to represent a world in which water is scarce and humans have been compelled to live underground. The short film illustrates some of the ways in which the shortage of resources produces conservation while it simultaneously demonstrates some of the dangers in the form of a totalitarian governing body. Kahiu draws on the work of Nobel Prize-winning Wangari Maathai to ground her narrative in an activist movement, and simultaneously parallels some of the arguments of both the environmental and ecofeminist movements.

Keywords:   conservation, ecofeminism, Wanuri Kahiu, Kenya, water

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