Kati Kati had its World Premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and as if that wasn't amazing enough, the film was selected and awarded by the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) for the Discovery programme. The jury remarked, “With a generous and poetic tone, not without a degree of anger at personal and political injustice, FIPRESCI is pleased to present the prize in the Discovery programme to an exciting and unique new voice in cinema, Mbithi Masya for his debut feature Kati Kati.”
I'm still processing all of it but I would be remiss not to mention everyone who worked on this film, roles both big and small, and in in no particular order:
(Cast) Nyokabi Gethaiga, Elsaphan Njora, Paul Ogola, Peter King Mwania, Fidelis Nyambura Mukundi, Brian Ogola, Mumbi Maina, Mary Gacheri, Jane Muriuki and Samson Hassan. (Co-writer) Mugambi Nthiga; (Producers) Sarika Lakhani, Ginger Wilson, Tom Tykwer, Katja Lebedjewa, Marie Steinmann-Tykwer, Guy Wilson, Verena Kurz; (Cinematography) Andrew “Dru” Mungai; (Production Design) Emmanuel Mrabu; (Edit) Louizah Wanjiku; (Costume Design) Ayako Bernoulli; (Make-Up) Valary Mdeizi; (Original Music) Sean Peevers and Ibrahim Sided; (Mentors) Pia Marais, Geraldine Bajard, Wanuri Kahiu, Jutta Pohlmann, Christian Kramer, Ali N. Askin, Patricia Lewandowska, Rudiger Jordan, Ricarda Kniesz, Naia Barrenechea, Claus Mayr, Paula Kotonski, Astrid Weber, Bernhard Joest-Daberitz; (Crew) Mike Muraya, Ivor Agumbi, Agnes Njeri, Barbara Karuana, Louis Matthew Were, Katana Mwagandi, Nia Rudene, Kamau Wa Ndungu, Kevin Kiarie Kamau, Joel Mwangi, Malack Shikanda, Neha Manoj Shah, Emma Nzioka Edwiin Thiongo, Brian Baby, Dave Wainaina, Rosa Wanjiru, Betty Kimani, Wambui Kiura, Ali Abdallah, Grishon Onyango, Cindy Mbae, Paul M. Atoni, Saul Ogada, Lwanda Jawar, Francis Shumari Maina, Nicholas Waweru, Eric Musyoka, Ansgar Frerich, Florian Holzner, Mandy Rahn, Steffen Paul, Roland Gohde and everyone at the Galana Crocodile Camp!
They and so many more contributed to the film and I am eternally grateful to them. Bless!