Taharuki (Suspense)

Director: Ekwa Msangi-Omari
Countries: USA / Kenya
Year: 2011
Running Time: 12 min.
Language: Swahili

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Set against the backdrop of the start of the devastating post-election violence that took place in Kenya in 2007/2008 and has left tens of thousands of Kenyans homeless, traumatized or dead, Taharuki (Suspense) is the fictional account of a man and woman from opposing ethnic tribes who are working for an underground liberation movement to expose a child-trafficking cartel when something goes wrong, and they’re forced to make tough choices in order to stay alive and complete their mission.

About the Director

Ekwa Msangi

Biography: Ekwa Msangi (writer, director, producer) is a Tanzanian-American filmmaker who grew up in Kenya and is based in New York. Her initial career started in producing, and now focusses on writing and directing. Ekwa has directed several short films, including Taharuki (Suspense), a 12-minute short set against the backdrop of the start of Kenya’s post-election violence, about a man and a woman from opposing ethnic tribes who are working for an underground resistance movement to expose a child-trafficking cartel when something goes wrong, and they are forced to make tough choices in order to stay alive and complete their mission. Ekwa has also directed several drama series for mainstream broadcasters in Kenya and for MNET South Africa which includes The Agency, MNET’s first ever original hour-long Kenyan drama series. The Agency was televised continent-wide and her films have been official selections at festivals such as New York African, Pan African, Durban International, Imagem dos Povos, Roxbury International, and Zanzibar International Film Festivals. As well as her directing career, Ekwa has written for both television and film. Ekwa also taught a Spring Documentary Production course in Havana, Cuba. She has guest lectured on the topic of Contemporary African Cine-Media, and is Associate Director of the Independent Film School in New York. She is also an active Board Member of the Women in Film & Television – Kenya Chapter. One of Ekwa’s key goals as an artist is to transform our society’s images and relationships with African cultures, and to empower African filmmakers in telling their stories.

(Source: http://www.ekwapics.com/about)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Taharuki [Suspense] (2011);
Soko Sonko (2014, 2015).

Filmography:
The Baba Project (2003);
Dollar Van (2006);
KFW Mathare 4A School (2009);
Higher Learning (2009);
Behind the Scenes (2009);
The Agency (2009);
Block-D (2009);
Taharuki [Suspense] (2011);
Soko Sonko (2014).