"Kichwateli" is a short film by storyteller Muchiri Njenga set in a post-apocalyptic African slum and city. This film takes the viewer on a spiritual and metaphorical voyage through a young boy's dream mixing new imagery of a young boy wondering inquisitively with a live TV as his head to show the effects of media on a young generation.
Featuring music by Just A Band (Africa's super-nerdy electronic band), Modeselektor (Berlin's breakbeat duo) and Maasai Mbili (Nairobi-based Art group) this music-metary is a metaphor for the way we are now all plugged into the same images of global anxiety while at the same time being ourselves subjects of scrutiny of the all-seeing ubiquitous cameras.
"Kichwateli" is Studio Ang's contribution to the BLNRB project, a cooperation of Kenyan and German artists initiated by Goethe-Institut Nairobi and Gebrüder Teichmann.
Director: Muchiri Njenga / Music: Just A Band / Modeselektor / Maasai Mbili - Script / Concept: Muchiri Njenga - Talent: Carlton Namai - Camera: Vincent Mbaya / Chris King / Jim Bishop - Offline Editor: Franki Ashiruka - Online Editor: Muchiri Njenga - Production Co-ordinator: Louise Mwangi - T.V Head Construction: Gomba Otieno - Character Design: Muchiri Njenga - Costume: Stephen Musembi - Visual Effects / MattePainting / Compositing: Muchiri Njenga - 3D CCTV Camera: Andrew Kaggia, Additonal tracking: David Wanganju - Additional Cast: Alexander Alaka / Godfrey Ojiambo - Sound Post-production and Design: Muchiri Njenga - Camera Assistant: George Ngugi - Still Photography: Kariuki Wa Wanjiru - Trainee: Philip Ndia - Post-Production: Studio Ang
Special Thanks: Goethe Institut / Kenya Railways / X-Media / Jack Kibedi / Buni Ltd