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48HFP Alumni Achievements: Nairobi 48HFP Filmmaker's Feature Wins At TIFFMonday, September 26, 2016

Nairobi filmmaker Mbithi Masya is already making quite the name for himself. His debut feature film Kati Kati screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) where it was awarded the prize of the Discovery Program of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI). Not only was the film well received by audiences and critics, but the jury also called Masya '...an exciting and unique new voice in cinema.'

Masya competed in the Nairobi 48HFP last year, where he directed his team's film It's Been A While. Born and raised in Nairobi, Masya began his career in advertising. After joining the highly acclaimed experimental art collective JUST A BAND, he left his role as an agency art director to focus on film and music. Since that time, his work has included short films, documentaries, and several video installations. His direction of music videos has garnered him much acclaim, including being highlighted by Google during the launch of YouTube Kenya.

For his feature Kati Kati, Masya worked with a couple other 48HFP alumni--Mugambi Nthiga (co-writer) and Elsaphan Njora (actor). The film is a 'poetic fantasy'-young Kenyan Kaleche (played by Nyokabi Gethaiga) awakes in a barren wasteland with no memories. She soon discovers that she’s dead, and finds herself trapped at the mysterious wilderness lodge from which the movie takes its name.

Kati Kati is set to screen at the Chicago International Film Festival in October, with the possibility of some other festival appearances in the future. For more information visit the film's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/katikatifilm/.

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