Online Watch Party: THE LETTER (UK PREMIERE)
Dirs. Maia Lekow, Christopher King
Kenya 2019. 81 mins. English, Swahili with English subtitles.
When Karisa receives a letter from relatives alerting him of accusations of witchcraft levelled against his grandmother, he rushes back home. And so this richly layered documentary unfolds, exposing tensions caused by a volatile mix of Christianity, consumerism, and misogyny. Young Kenyan men accuse their female elders of witchcraft to steal their land, begrudge them for their property because they are women. The Letter investigates the colonial triggers and the lingering structural injustices that give life to this unfortunate phenomenon.
This film will also be available on the BFI Player throughout the 10 days of the festival. This event collaboration between Film Africa, Screen Worlds and CCIMSS. Film Africa are also be hosting a physical screen for The Letter – BOOK FOR THE RICH MIX SCREENING.