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'To Catch A Dream,' A Surreal Kenyan Fashion Film From The Nest

'To Catch A Dream' is a surreal Kenyan fashion film from Nairobi-based art collective The Nest.


To Catch A Dream is a striking new film from Kenyan multidisciplinary art collective The Nest in collaboration with their in-house fashion initiative Chico Leco. The beautiful short stars Kenyan model Ajuma Nasenyama in the lead role of a grieving widow plagued by recurring nightmares. In her quest to rid herself of the nightly terror Ajuma relies on a long forgotten urban legend which causes her to transcend the physical realm to face the ghosts of her past in the afterlife. Featuring stunning designs from eight local fashion houses, scenes from the film were shot in Magadi, Lake Naivasha as well as various locations throughout Nairobi. To Catch A Dream was written and directed by Nairobi-based visual artist Jim Chuchu--whose feature-length debut Stories of Our Lives was one of our Top Film of 2014-- with creative direction by stylist Sunny Dolat. Watch the 13-minute short below. Stream and download the film's original soundtrack, also by Chuchu, on Soundcloud and Bandcamp.

Ajuma Nasenyana as Ajuma in 'To Catch A Dream'

 

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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