7 – 15 March
An exhibition of artworks (two dimensional, three dimensional, video and performance art) by women artists who are stretching the boundaries of imagination and using their art to vehicle social messages.
Sat. 7 March, 7pm
Alliance Française gardens, Entrance Free
A music concert showcasing some of the Spotlight on Kenyan music women finalists: Benta Ageng’a, Bismilahi Gargar, Cheptab, Zippy Okoth, who will be joined by their role models in the afro-fusion genre including Achien’g Abura, Iddi Achien’g, Nina Ogot, Sally Oyugi and Suzanne Gachukia.
Mon. 9th March, 6pm,
Alliance Française auditorium, Entrance free
‘Subira’ by Ravneet Chadha (Winner of 8 International awards), is the story of a young rebellious girl who struggles against conformity in search of freedom. Ravneet worked as a financial adviser and only took to film making in her early 40s, breaking away from set traditions expected of an Indian woman, in order to fulfill her need for creative freedom.
‘Killer Necklace’ by Judy Kibinge (MNET New Directions film) is a twisted tale of desire and deceit set in a modern African city where a lover will risk anything in an effort to win his woman’s heart. Judy Kibinge was Creative Director of one of East Africa’s largest agencies before starting her filmmaking career. Her other fictional films include ‘The Aftermath’, ‘Dangerous Affair’ and ‘Project Daddy’ besides several documentaries on human rights, wildlife and environmental issues.
Dramatized performance poetry
Tue. 10th March, 7.30pm, 1000/-
‘Cut off my tongue’ is based on poetry by Sitawa Namwalie and is a dramatized poetry show that incorporates spoken narrative, music, dance and movement. Performed by eight versatile women from different professional backgrounds, whose love for the Arts has brought them together; the show critiques today’s society for a better tomorrow.
The poet, also known as Betty Wamalwa Muragori, is a mother, a wife, an environmentalist in her daily existence and is the brain behind the programme ‘Building Bridges of Understanding’ that is reaching out across ethnic groups who were in conflict, one of the causes of the post election violence of 2008.
For tickets to this poetry event, write to me kenyanpoet(at)gmail.(dot)com
Wed. 11 March, 7pm,
Alliance Française gardens, Entrance free
‘Umoja, a Village forbidden to men’, is a documentary by Jean-Marc Sainclair and Jean Crouisllac.
(Winner of the 2009 Silver FIPA award in the “Grands Reportages” category at the International Festival of Audiovisual programmes – Festival International des Programmes Audiovisuel)
The film tells the story of brave Samburu women who were allegedly raped by British soldiers based in Northern Kenya between 1970 and 2003. Dishonored, the women were beaten by their husbands and renounced. A group of them built, Umoja, which becomes the refuge of Samburu women. Jealous men regularly attack their village.
The founder of the village, Rebecca Lolosoli, will introduce the film.