In the summer of 2017, I attended the PIER Institute on African literature at Yale. I had very limited knowledge so I came home with a mile long reading list and a well of humility - being on a straight-up learning curve is exciting and overwhelming. I met some amazing, creative, strong, vibrant women educators for whom I am grateful. One session included a Kenyan science-fiction short film written and directed by Wanuri Kahi. The last two years I’ve used Pumzi as part of our narrative unit. It’s a challenging but accessible film for 8th graders, and I love that this is part of our curriculum.
You can watch Pumzi at https://vimeo.com/46891859