KumbuKumbu, Memory in Kiswahili, is a 60-second-bite sized magic realism film that encompasses the journey of Aleysha as she journeys through her mind to find the lost memory of her sister.

  • Josephine Kiaga
  • Josephine Kiaga
  • Jane Masha
  • Joe-Francis Kiaga
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    One Minute, Magic realism, Drama, 60 seconds
  • Runtime:
    1 minute
  • Completion Date:
    March 28, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    17 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Tanzania, United Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Tanzania, United Republic of
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    DIgital HD, MP4
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Director Biography - Josephine Kiaga

Josephine Kiaga is a professional Tanzanian-American Film Producer. Graphic Designer and Festival Consultant. After receiving her BFA in Film Production from the University Of Salford and she went on to be the Production Manager of a limited series as well as Produce a film on behalf of PEPFAR Tanzania. She mainly has experience in Documentaries, Short Films and Music Videos.

She is currently producing a documentary and several projects through her Freelance Film and Photography Company Kiagraphy Media Ltd while celebrating her companies most recent win at Zanzibar Interational Film Festival 2023

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Director Statement

Growing up in Tanzania as a Tanzanian- American citizen, I acquired a unique sense of storytelling and was able to explore non-western film making at an early age. The way that Tanzanians tell stories, the highs and lows and hyperbolic gestures was so ingrained in my upbringing that I became a story teller myself. KumbuKumbu Is about loss, it is the echo of silence met with trying to hold on to someone you once loved.

As a filmmaker, telling underrepresented stories is my ultimate goal and while, in Africa, that is often synonymous with the story of the less fortunate; my career is not dedicated to upholding the ideology that Africa is full of lack; but, rather exploring stories that I have yet to see being told to highlight how much life lies within our borders.

I intend to continue my work as an artist while upholding artistic integrity that aligns with my feminist, Pan-African, sexual and gender equality-based mind-set.