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Thoughts, Anyone?

I am a fan of sci-fi. I mean I absolutely love it.

So when I saw the trailer for Nigerian director Wanuri Kahui’s short 21 minute film Pumzi. I was sold.

The film stars Kudzani Moswela as Asha who works in a lab examining soil samples. It is several years after World War III, a war fought over the world’s greatest limited resource–water. The war destroyed all ability for life to survive outside of the safe,sealed, and highly moderated “cocoon” society the humans have created. One fateful day, while sifting through the dirt, Asha discovers a seedling  sprouting from the sediment and it changes her life forever.

Upon hearing the premise it’s easy to dismiss the story as hackneyed, done, uninteresting. However, despite the real problem of water scarcity, this is not a bank-rolled blockbuster where the messages are picked out of a book of tropes by people who live in some alternate existence. This is a film made by people who are living this, seeing this, and telling this story through a sincere lens. Surely, if  people can effectually connect with the wile of the Na’vis in James Cameron’s Avatar, then it can also happen for a smaller budget film where the message is equally clear.  People need to respect the most basic courtesy, respect  the right to life of others and their environment. If there’s anything Avatar’s success has proven, it has proven that it’s not about the “originality” of the premise , but it’s about the experience of discovering how it all will unfold.

As much as I positively enjoyed the Avatar film experience, in this tale there are no 3-D illusions, no wayfaring to distance uninhabitable planets,  or star-crossed love stories. There is only the truth.

If we keep living in this dream where we don’t share the earth and its resources, when we wake up there will be nothing left.

Check out the trailer below.



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