After his release from prison, Geoffrey is forced to return to SHIMONI, the rural area of Kenya where he spent his childhood, as part of his reintegration into society. Formerly an English teacher, Geoffrey has never done any physical work, but since his release he is banned from teaching. Since then, he has been looking after the farm of a church, until one day an encounter with his past demons throws him back. In this feature film, director Angela Wanjiku Wamai stages the devastating power of silence to encourage reflection on the lasting consequences of unspoken trauma.
With director Angela Wanjiku Wamai in attendance.
In cooperation wit Pambazuka Swahili Kultur e.V.
SHIMONI Direction: Angela Wanjiku Wamai, DCP, OmeU, 96 min
Angela Wanjiku Wamai studied film in Havana, Cuba, and works as a film editor in Nairobi. She was recently awarded Best Film Editor at the Women in Film Awards Kenya. Her short films also won awards at the International Female Film Festival Malmö (IFEMA) and at the International Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand. Although she devotes her attention to hurt and pain, it is always accompanied by her sense of humour. Angela Wanjiku Wamai continues to edit films and tries to find her place between the director's chair and the monitor. SHIMONI, her feature film debut, won awards at several major festivals, including the Étalon de Bronze at the FESPACO 2023 and 1st prize at the Luxor African Film Festival.