|Directed by||Hawa Essuman|
|Produced by||Marie Steinmann|
Siobhain "Ginger" Wilson
Sarika Hemi Lakhani
|Written by||Billy Kahora|
Leila Dayan Opou
Kevin Onyango Omondi
Calvin Shikuku Odhiambo
|Music by||Xaver von Treyer|
|Edited by||Ng´ethe Gitungo|
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The film originated in a workshop for young film enthusiasts from Nairobi, guided by German director Tom Tykwer.
Nairobi, Kenya. 14-year-old Abila lives with his parents in Kibera, one of the largest slums in East Africa. One morning the teenager discovers his father ill and delirious. Someone has stolen his soul, mumbles the father. Abila is shocked and confused but wants to help his father and goes in search of the right remedy. Supported by his girlfriend Shiku, he embarks on an adventurous journey that leads him right to the heart of the microcosm that is his hometown.
Andrew Onyango reviewing for KenyaBuzz was mesmerized by how much "surreal" the world of the movie is, adding that the scripts use of Swahili strengthened the film's impact: "The Swahili speaking audience (particularly those exposed to the dialect being used) feel a powerful sense of identification. There is nothing like hearing it firsthand because the translation loses some of the impact of the words."
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