Filamu Shorts: 2023

Filamu, which is the Swahili word for film, will also help to build the curatorial platform in the local industry and enhance the reputation of local film practitioners for a global market. 10 short films that explore the unique worldview and experiences of Africans curated by Nkosi Ncube and Mercy Mangwana will be screened at the festival. This year the collection has films from Kenya, Gambia, Botswana , Malawi , Zimbabwe and Uganda from emerging filmmakers. The films in their diverse formats and genres tackle various explosive theses from sustainable production, women empowerment, religion, spirituality, identity , family among others.

2023 Filamu Shorts

Badimo Bampitsa

Duration: 14.54 mins
Language: Tswana, English
Director: Tshepiso Oshoma

Synopsis : A 2022 graduate project from AFDA Botswana, this film explores the religion of Ancestral Callings in Botswana that had reduces in popularity over the half a century of the country's independence. Conversations with Sangomas and Traditional Healer on their experience of this inherited faith and how they preserve it in the everchanging new age. Interviews decipher, if the ancestral calling a gift or are we enslaved to the spirits and ghosts of the forefathers. As bold words of every prominent traditional healer go, "you can never run from the calling."

Countries : Botswana

Full Film: Film Freeway

2023 Filamu Shorts

Timothy

Duration: 07:48 mins
Language: English, Swahili
Director: Mark Wambui

Synopsis : In this bone-chilling film, we follow the story of a widow who must confront the demons of her past when she is forced to spend a night alone with her deceased husband's body. Accused of his murder by her vengeful in-laws, she must prove her innocence by completing a night-long ritual in which she is watched over by her husband's corpse Will the widow be able to survive the night and clear her name, or will she become the next victim of her husband's malevolent spirit?

Countries : Kenya

Full Film: Film Freeway

PWD: RECA2023

2023 Filamu Shorts

Manong

Duration: 05:01 mins
Language: Tswana, English
Director: Masego Mohwasa

Synopsis : What happens when what you are running from catches up with you?

Countries : Botswana

Full Film: Google Drive

2023 Filamu Shorts

Ananansi

Duration: 22.03 mins
Language: English
Director: Veronica Baum

Synopsis : A film about responsible consumption and production SDG 12

Countries : Uganda

Full Film: Google Drive

2023 Filamu Shorts

Manda - Aliza

Duration: 10:58 mins
Language: Nyanja
Director: Mphatso Maria, Gorette Makamo

Synopsis : A young couple is determined to overcome the obstacles tradition and religion place in front of them. However, they must first overcome themselves before they can be together. A Malawian film from the MultiChoice Talent Factory.

Countries : Malawi

Full Film: Google Drive

2023 Filamu Shorts

Heaven Sounds Boring

Duration: 22.39 mins
Language: English
Director: Ali Musoke

Countries : Uganda

Full Film: Google Drive

PWD HSB2021

2023 Filamu Shorts

Tarisiro

Duration: 04:32 mins
Language: English
Director: Nyaradzo Nhongonhema - Chikoko

Synopsis : Every mother’s dream is to safely carry, birth and hold her new born in her arms. Every mother’s hope is to do so under the safest circumstances because giving life is the essence of life itself. With every conception there is so much to look forward to and with every new birth, a new seed of hope for the future is sowed. However, not every mother is privileged to hold her baby, so many dreams crashed in their infancy by the system, by negligence, by ignorance and no one is paying attention. Tarisiro/Hope says, let’s talk about it, neonatal deaths are preventable!

Countries : Botswana

Full Film: Vimeo

Password: MercyAccess

2023 Filamu Shorts

Sarah Baartman Poem

Duration: 03:53 mins
Language: English
Director: Tinashe Tafirenyika

Synopsis : A poem about beauty and race written and performed by Tinashe Tafirenyika. The visuals are by Tswarelo Mothobe.

Countries : Zimbabwe

Full Film: Youtube

2023 Filamu Shorts

Fita Girls

Duration: 08:08 mins
Language: English
Director: Mercy Mangwana/Yandeh Mohammed

Synopsis : A story of young women defying odds in a male dominated industry

Countries : Gambia

Full Film: Google Drive

2023 Filamu Shorts

Mmamba

Duration: 00:57 mins
Language: Luganda
Director: Nazzinda Ruth

Synopsis : his animation documentary film is about cultural identity and climate conservation.

Countries : Uganda

Full Film: Youtube