A portrait of family, and a study of migration, assimilation and generational spirit in the most gentle and intimate of terms. Kenyan born Munyiri, partially raised in South Africa and much-travelled since, creates an autobiography-through biography of her late paternal grandmother, Waithira.

Through interviews with her cousin in Dresden, and her uncle who remains in the family home, what seems straightforward becomes beguilingly complex and somewhat quixotic: more is gone and lost than retained and knowable. The intersections of Munyiri’s family’s lives with Kenya’s history and present – colonialism, the persecution of Kikuyu people, migration – are in sequence similarly telling, creating a subtle depiction of the meaningless sadnesses that people live through, and pass on, in order to create more comfortable lives for themselves and those they love.

Courtesy of the Director

Cape Town
V&A
Sun 4, 7.45pm + Q&A
Labia
Sun 11, 5.30pm
Director(s):
Eva Munyiri
Country:
SA
Year:
2017
Duration:
72 minutes
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