Ni Wakati to premier at Frisco’s Black Film Festival

Pete O'Neal

A Kenyan film directed by Michael Wanguhu will premiere at San Francisco’s Black Film Festival on June 19, 2010.

In Ni Wakati, which means It’s Time in kiSwahili, M1 (dead prez) and Umi (P.O.W.) travel to East Africa with the aim of introducing Africa’s rich diversity to the world. They connect with Ukoofulani Mau Mau a revolutionary youth movement of artists in the Dandora slum in Nairobi. They share music, food and culture as they break mistaken myths about Africa. Later, in Arusha, Tanzania, M1 and Umi connect with former Black Panthers Mzee Pete O’Neal and Mama Charlotte O’Neal. The meeting represents a bridging of the gap between young and the old and offers an opportunity to collectively confront the challenges of the radical past as well as the present day.

The film features interviews with, among others, Binyavanga Wainaina and Kama Ngigi.

To see a trailer and for more information about Ni Wakati, click here

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