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Ng'endo Mukii's Film "Kesho pia ni siku" Aims To Confront Patriarchy Head-On

Kesho pia ni siku is a viral short Vimeo film about a Kenyan woman's resilience in the face of trauma, abuse, patriarchy and tragedy.

In 2020, Kenyan award-winning filmmaker Ng'endo Mukii was one of several filmmakers worldwide approached to pitch for a Vimeo series titled "Stories in Place". The focus of the series was to track how businesses were working through the pandemic. The second edition of the series focused on Black filmmakers.

Ng'endo was chosen alongside six other Black filmmakers — four in the US and two in the UK — and chose to tell a deeply personal story about her mother Njeri Mereka. Njeri is a smooth-talking, hymn-singing 67-year-old grandmother who runs Kanyoko Boutique in Nairobi, Kenya — a business she unintentionally started from the boot of her 1990 Toyota Corolla. She is also a survivor of an abusive marriage who despite personal tragedy, makes her mark in business.

Ng'endo's film is the first in the Vimeo series to get over 100,000 views (currently at 112,000 views.) The title of her film, "Kesho Pia Ni Siku" is a Swahili idiom that translates to "Tomorrow is another day."

Ng'endo Mukii is an award-winning film-director, renowned for 'Yellow Fever', her documentary-animation exploring Western influences on African women's ideals of beauty. Her films have won numerous awards, including Silver Hugo for the Best Animated Short at the Chicago International Film Festival, Best Short Film at the Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards, Best Animation at Kenya's Kalasha Awards, and the Encounters Immersive Grand Prix. She is a writer on multiple upcoming Netflix series, and works as an independent filmmaker in Nairobi.

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