When 15-year-old Mercy faces the unimaginable, her courage and resilience come to the fore. What could have been the end of her story is only the start of a new journey.

  • Zippy Kimundu
    ‘a fork, a spoon & a KNIGHT’ - Co-Director/ Co-Editor, Non-Fiction, 13mins, Uganda, 2014 Tribeca Film Institute, Power of words series ‘Mother’s Song’ - Director/Editor, Fiction, 13mins, Singapore, 2012 ‘Burnt Forest’ - Director/Editor, Fiction, 23mins, Kenya, 2013 ‘ Give Me Back My Home’ - Director/Editor, Non-Fiction, 22mins, Kenya, 2013 ‘Jazzing Singapore’ - Director/Editor, Non-Fiction, 20mins, Singapore, 2012 ‘The Party’ - Director/Editor, Fiction, 12mins, Singapore, 2010 ‘African’- Director/Editor, Fiction, 12mins, Singapore, 2009 ‘Trance’ - Director/Editor, Fiction, 12mins, Kenya, 2008
  • Georgia Fernandes
    (New writer)
  • Zippy Kimundu
    ‘a fork, a spoon & a KNIGHT’ with renowned Director Mira Nair, for Tribeca Film Institute
  • Justus Tharao
    Co-created and Produced the long-running Documentary Series - Makers of a Nation and NTV Wild series. Other Productions include; Making of a Constitution and East African Voices
  • Tana Gachoka
    Key Cast
    PAA- Born to Fly- Citizen TV Kenya
  • Blessing Lung'Aho
    Key Cast
    Country Queen (Netflix), Ibiza (Showmax), Kiu (Startimes), Zora (Citizen TV)
  • Shandra Apondi
    Key Cast
    Crime and Justice, Paswaad
  • Martina Ayoro
    Key Cast
  • Mariam Toure
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    drama, coming of age, narrative
  • Runtime:
    39 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 24, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    English, Swahili
  • Shooting Format:
    Canon C300 mark iii
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Mercy Premiere Westgate Theatre
    November 24, 2022
    Kenyan Premiere
  • Citizen Television
    April 16, 2023
Distribution Information
  • Intrigue Productions
    Country: Kenya
    Rights: Free TV
  • Trace TV
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Paid TV
Director Biography - Zippy Kimundu

Zippy Kimundu is an award-winning Kenyan Filmmaker who has been working in the global industry for over a decade as a Producer/Director/Editor. She received her Masters in Fine Arts from New York University- TischAsia, and has worked on both fiction and Non-Fiction projects in over 20 countries globally.

She wrote and co-directed a short Documentary, ‘a fork, a spoon & a KNIGHT’ with renowned Director Mira Nair, for Tribeca Film Institute’s ‘Power of Word Series’, and was the Assistant Editor on the Disney Film ‘Queen of Katwe’.

Zippy is the founder of, a women-led Film and TV Production Company and Creative’s Collective based in Nairobi and Kilifi, Kenya, working to ignite political consciousness, and action, across continents.

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Director Statement

'Mercy' is not a film that begs for sympathy- it strives for change; in the hope that everyone who watches the short film will see how one wrong decision can affect multiple lives. What is powerful about this story- is that even though all that 15-year-old Mercy is going through- she wants to help others.

Stories like this that describe the courage that young Kenyan girls possess - should not be kept secret and instead be shared with the world. Our hope for this film is that it would launch the 'Think Twice Movement,' which would make men Think Twice' before they even touch a girl.

Producing a film is no easy feat- but telling a story that is aimed to move millions is even more challenging, and it takes a team that is passionate, hardworking, and devoted to not just making a film- but serving a cause. Our aim for Mercy is that audiences will not be charge to watch the film so we can reach as many people with this film and message as possible.

Mercy is a film that we hope is going to make an impact on so many people's lives, and when we created each character, we knew that the opportunity to play that role could possibly change someone's life- but choosing the right person for the role would change millions of lives.