Directors: Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann

  • COUNTRY : Kenya


With New Moon, experimental filmmaker and photographer Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann embarks on a journey that takes her to the stone town of Lamu on the North Eastern coast of Kenya, where a gigantic port project and coal plant threaten to disrupt the rhythms of life of Lamu. However, the real disruption in New Moon is that of the filmmaker as we watch her confront a new spiritual awareness and commit to a path of self-discovery during her time in Lamu. Ndisi-Herrmann's masterful use of visual poetry translates the potent pull of faith as she finds her own path to Sufi Islam. The film communicates the intangible aspects of spirituality through richly textured imagery and Quranic evocations that fill the screen. As the film progresses, a new identity begins to form and what started out with very different intentions evolves into a spiritual self-portrait. New Moon won The Artistic Achievement Award in a Long Documentary at this year's Luxor African Film Festival.

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