A collection of five short films is set to screen in Nairobi cinema beginning March 22.

Beneath the Tides, as the collection is called, features award-winning film that have premiered at international film festivals around the world including the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Canada, the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) in the Netherlands, Festival International du Film Panafricain (FIFP) in France, FESPACO in Burkina Faso, and the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) in Tanzania.

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Directed and Produced by a diverse array of talent from Kenya and Uganda, Beneath the Tides delves deep into the complexities of family and institutions, offering poignant glimpses into the human experience.

From the imaginative journey of a young boy in Baba to the moving reconciliation in Ziwa, each film presents a unique narrative that reflects the wisdom and compassion of some of East Africa’s most talented filmmakers.

The 5 short films under the Beneath the Tides collection are;

Baba – Directed by Mbithi Masya and Produced by Bramwel Iro is about a six-year-old boy who struggles to understand the world around him. With his unusual ability, he tries to escape his harsh reality.

Mawimbi – Directed by Mark Wambui, produced by Ivy Kiru and written by Ian Wanjohi focuses on Kazungu who after his mother’s funeral joins his father on a fishing trip during which their strained relationship plays out.

Inheritance – Directed by Barbara Minishi, produced by Ivy Kiru, and written by Ngwatilo Mawiyoois about a chance meeting between an alienated young woman and the village outlier leads to an extraordinary meeting with her dead grandfather.

Stero – Directed Tevin Kimathi and Millan Tarus, produced by Juliana Kabua and written by Millan Tarus tells the story of a Kung Fu prodigy who navigates school with his imaginary Sensei following one simple rule: What would Bruce Lee do?

Ziwa – Directed by Samuel Tebandeke, and produced by Juliana Kabua revolves around Amina who wants to reconcile with her dying husband. When his younger former lover arrives to save him and get back together with Manda, Amina plans to stop the woman in her tracks.

The collection boasts an impressive cast, including Mbeki Mwalimu and Faith Kibathi in Baba, Malik Lemuel and Hillary Namanje in Mawimbi, Lucarelli Onyango and Justin Mirichii in Stero and Lydia Gitachu and Chris Kamau in Ziwa.

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