Filmfest DC - Tunu: The Gift

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Filmfest DC - Tunu: The Gift

Friday, April 20 At Landmark's E Street Cinema

Tunu: The Gift

Jordan Riber

Tanzania, 2017, 85 minutes

Mashoto (Ibrahim Oswald) is a feckless young man working a job in the city when he gets word that his mother has died. Returning to his home village for the funeral, he finds he cannot leave; forces from his past and future call to him. This “kid who can’t get anything right” finds work with a businessman and his thuggish work crew, who exploit the local grain growers. Mashoto is also drawn to goodness and to Lightness (Monica Sizya), a local woman who works on a farming collective. Somewhere between those who see farming as a sucker’s game and those who harvest it for hope, Mashoto seeks his identity—a metaphor for the country, perhaps, in a gracefully shot neorealist fairy tale. The words of performance poet Zuhura the African Lioness in voice-over enchant a narrative set against the impossibly beautiful but often implacable backdrop of rural Tanzania.—Judy Bloch

In Swahili with English subtitles

Event Details

Filmfest DC - Tunu: The Gift
Friday, April 20, 2018
8:00 PM
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Ticket Options

General AdmissionUSD $14.00

Event Map

Landmark's E Street Cinema  
555 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20004