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Kenyan Movie Wins Big at the Toronto International Film Festival

Kenyan writer-director and Just A Band member Mbithi Masya's Kati Kati was one of the big winners of the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.

Kenyan feature Kati Kati was one of the most afrofuturistic movies at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. It was also one of TIFF’s biggest winners.


For his feature-film debut, writer-director and Just A Band member Mbithi Masya was awarded the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Prize for the Discovery Programme.

Said the jury: “With a generous and poetic tone, not without a degree of anger at personal and political injustice, FIPRESCI is pleased to present the prize in the Discovery programme to an exciting and unique new voice in cinema, Mbithi Masya for his debut feature Kati Kati."

Kati Kati tells the story of Kaleche (Nyokabi Gethaiga), a young amnesiac who wakes up in the middle of the wilderness with no idea how she got there. She makes her way to Kati Kati, a nearby lodge, where she meets a motley crew of residents under the leadership of Thoma (Elsaphan Njora), whom Kaleche strikes up a quick and intense friendship with him. She soon discovers there’s a lot more to Thoma and the mysterious Kati Kati…

The film is the fifth feature produced as part of the One Fine Day Film Workshop initiative, whose previous titles include Soul Boy, Nairobi Half Life, Something Necessary and Veve.

Kati Kati’s win is a huge up for the Kenyan arts scene, but it wasn’t Nairobi's only moment of shine this month in Toronto. Jim Chuchu and the Nest Collective’s Kenyan crime drama Tuko Macho screened as part of a special primetime program celebrating the best in international television.

Check out the full list of TIFF 2016 winners here.

Music

Listen to Femi Kuti's New Song 'As We Struggle Everyday'

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Femi Kuti shares his new single, "As We Struggle Everyday," the latest drop from the upcoming double album Legacy +, a joint endeavor with his son Made Kuti.

"As We Struggle Everyday" is a politically-charged afrobeat tune about people having the voting power to hold their 'leaders' accountable, but often failing to do so. Throughout the song, Femi sings "As we struggle everyday We try to find a better way See these leaders wey suppose jail Na him my people dem dey hail."

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Legacy +, which is due out February 5 from Partisan Records, includes a full album by Femi titled Stop The Hate and an album by his son, Made, titled For(e)ward. The pair have previously shared the singles "Pà Pá Pà" and "Your Enemy" off the upcoming release.

Listen to Femi Kuti's "As We Struggle Everyday" below.

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