Beside The Scenes: A Conversation With Director Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann


A film by The Screen Worlds Collective

Anna and Remi Sowa


In February 2020, the award-winning filmmaker Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann made time to discuss her feature-length documentary New Moon (2018), and her filmmaking work in general, with Lindiwe Dovey in this filmed conversation.

With her deepest instincts guiding her, filmmaker and photographer Ndisi-Herrmann journeys to the stone town of Lamu in New Moon. A gigantic port project and coal plant are the threatening external elements though the real disruption is that of Philippa’s internal journey. Her search takes her to Raya and her young son, Ahmed. It is in their home that she finds a narrative anchor and a more personal entry point into the mysteries of this old town.