Reel News: Aljazeera to Showcase two Kenyan Films
From the 30th November, Kenyan film enthusiasts will be able to watch two homegrown films on Aljazeera English Series ‘Africa Direct’. Joan Kabugu and Seydou Makali were selected by AJ English from a pool of gifted creators to showcase their respective films “Throttle Queens” and “Colours are Alive”.
Africa Direct is a series of short documentaries of African stories, told by African storytellers about African lives. The films open an authentic window onto a range of ordinary and extraordinary African lives, to present nuanced and complex perspectives of this diverse and multifaceted continent.
Joan Kabugu’s film Throttle Queens’ celebrates Ciku Mbithi and her friends, members of the women motorcyclists of the Throttle Queens club. Ciku calls herself a biker-mum and shares the great joy she gets from riding on the open road. The film follows the Queens through the city and into the countryside, witnessing how their love of motorcycle riding brings them exhilaration, freedom, adventure – and a sense of control over their lives.
Also from Nairobi is director Seydou (SImon) Mukaliwhose’s film Colours Are Alive Here that steps into the bustling life of David Ochieng, also known as ‘Avido’. David is a rising star in Kibera who will be one of the designers showcasing at Tribal Chic. His colourful fashions have adorned many big name celebrities, in Kenya and abroad. Seydou follows the young designer in action.
Watch the series on Al Jazeera English, from 30 November at 2230GMT, with reruns the following week from Tuesday.
*Featured image: Throttle Queens
Images courtesy of Al-Jazeera Africa Direct publicists