Mbithi Masya Kenya 2016 | 65 minutes
What if you woke up one day in a hospital gown and were informed that you were already dead; that you were in the zone of in between-ness, in “Kati Kati” (the halfway passage) as it were, the space of the purgatory, free of material wants, where you needed to expiate your earthly faults before moving to the next stage? This is the conceit of Mbithy Masya’s compelling and original exploration of the afterlife in his first feature film, which won the International Federation of Film Critics (FEPIRESCI) award at TIFF, and Best East African Film of the year 2017. The film may be seen as partaking in a conversation with Alain Gomis’ Tey whose protagonist calmly sets out to meet his death on the last day of his life. The director of commercials and music videos, and member of experimental art collective and house punk group Just A Band, Mbithi Masya joins Judy Kibinge (Something Necessary), David Tosh Gitonga (Nairobi Half Life) and Wanuri Kahiu (Rafiki) among others, in contributing over the past decade to turning Kenya into an increasing powerhouse in African cinema.