WORLD VIEW

Tunu: The Gift

JORDAN RIBER
Tanzania, 2017
83 minutes, Color

In Person: Representative from the USAID and Feed the Future program, Africa Lead (Friday's screening only)

Mashoto (Ibrahim Oswald) is a feckless young man working a job in the city when he gets word that his mother has died. Returning to his home village for the funeral, he finds he cannot leave; forces from his past and future call to him. This "kid who can't get anything right" finds work with a businessman and his thuggish work crew, who exploit the local grain growers. Mashoto is also drawn to goodness and to Lightness (Monica Sizya), a local woman who works on a farming collective. Somewhere between those who see farming as a sucker's game and those who harvest it for hope, Mashoto seeks his identity—a metaphor for the country, perhaps, in a gracefully shot neorealist fairy tale. The words of performance poet Zuhura the African Lioness in voice-over enchant a narrative set against the impossibly beautiful but often implacable backdrop of rural Tanzania.—Judy Bloch

TUNU is part of a Tanzanian multimedia campaign called Kumekucha ("new dawn"), which included a 52-week radio show and two feature-length films, to inspire youth and women to pursue agribusiness opportunities. Following Friday's screening of the film, Kenya-based staff from the USAID and Feed the Future program Africa Lead, which supported the film, will host a discussion with festival attendees about the film and issues facing African youth and women in agribusiness.

In Swahili with English subtitles

WORLD VIEW

Tunu: The Gift

JORDAN RIBER
Tanzania, 2017
83 minutes, Color

In Person: Representative from the USAID and Feed the Future program, Africa Lead (Friday's screening only)

Mashoto (Ibrahim Oswald) is a feckless young man working a job in the city when he gets word that his mother has died. Returning to his home village for the funeral, he finds he cannot leave; forces from his past and future call to him. This "kid who can't get anything right" finds work with a businessman and his thuggish work crew, who exploit the local grain growers. Mashoto is also drawn to goodness and to Lightness (Monica Sizya), a local woman who works on a farming collective. Somewhere between those who see farming as a sucker's game and those who harvest it for hope, Mashoto seeks his identity—a metaphor for the country, perhaps, in a gracefully shot neorealist fairy tale. The words of performance poet Zuhura the African Lioness in voice-over enchant a narrative set against the impossibly beautiful but often implacable backdrop of rural Tanzania.—Judy Bloch

TUNU is part of a Tanzanian multimedia campaign called Kumekucha ("new dawn"), which included a 52-week radio show and two feature-length films, to inspire youth and women to pursue agribusiness opportunities. Following Friday's screening of the film, Kenya-based staff from the USAID and Feed the Future program Africa Lead, which supported the film, will host a discussion with festival attendees about the film and issues facing African youth and women in agribusiness.

In Swahili with English subtitles


Friday, April 20
8:00 PM
$14.00
Tuesday, April 24
6:30 PM
$14.00

Trailers may not have subtitles but all of our foreign language films do.
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