Kenyan-German filmmaker/photographer Philippa Ndisi Herrmann has launched a crowfunding campaign at cinecrowd.nl to assist in the production of her film project “The Donkey that Carried the Cloud on its Back.
Description of Film Project
A quirky and impressionist film about an island which appears not to change yet a looming cloud is approaching and breaking the steadiness and surety of the island’s constant way of life.
Bracketed by the two monsoon rains, the film follows Fatuma as she prepares to begin a new life and get married and concludes as she leaves her parents’ house to be wed. The documentary returns again and again to public spaces that feel the coming port; the main, sleepy square, the port site and the beach that no one visits.
The film has a universal theme and international relevance. It will be shown at international film festivals and will be released in independent cinemas.
About the Director and Her Motivation
I am Philippa Ndisi Herrmann. My mother is Kenyan, my father is German and I was born in Bonn, the capital of the former West Germany. I am an artist - I draw and paint, but my craft lies in capturing life and sentiments through film, photography and words. Coming from so many distinct and disparate worlds, I am drawn to telling stories about the shifting boundaries of individual & collective identity; I am fascinated by the influence of culture, community, living space and ancestral memory on our understanding of ourselves. I have exhibited my photography work in collaboration with The Sundance Institute, at MoCADA in New York City (2011) and with the Goethe Institute, at the National Museum, Nairobi (2013).
Text and image source: cinecrowd.nl
For more information on the Cinecrowd campaign and to make a contribution: http://www.cinecrowd.nl/donkey-carried-cloud-its-back
Link to Interview on African Women in Cinema Blog