Pumzi (Breath)- Dystopian SciFi Movie

 

In a futuristic Kenya, Asha, a young scientist decides to leave the confined environment of the city in search of a green Utopia.
Nature is extinct. Asha lives and works as a museum curator in one of the communities confined in an enclosed space. When receiving a box containing soil, she plants a seed that germinates immediately. Despite the ban to leave the community, Asha escapes to plant the sapling outside and maybe find a trace of life.

Pumzi (Kenya 2010), short film

Director and Screenwriter: Wanuri Kahiu

Color: 21 ‘

Interpretation: Kudzani Moswela (Asha) …

145 Comments

  1. richiexp2 on January 3, 2016 at 2:08 am

    Incredible!!

  2. Savyra Meyer-Lippold on December 31, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Perfect! Massively inspiring.

  3. Marcio on December 31, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    who is peeling onions?

  4. Yves Fedou on December 30, 2015 at 5:11 am

    very nice

  5. Michael Hartman on December 19, 2015 at 3:57 am

    We don’t appreciate what we have until it is gone. I realized the
    conservation theme with the lack of support and appreciation from the
    establishment, but it also reminded me of existence on a planet like Mars
    dry, barren, high radiation levels, and lifeless and the enormous
    difficulty in bringing life there. (It also reminded me of “Silent
    Running”.)
    My experience with plants would not allow me to believe her heroic
    conservation efforts of blood, sweet, and tears would safe the tree
    (environment). It is a matter of too little too late. Even if the plant
    lives one plant does not a species maintain. Once we reach a threshold
    point feed back loops take effect and the environment and the dream of its
    return are lost.

  6. Michael Hartman on December 19, 2015 at 3:57 am

    We don’t appreciate what we have until it is gone. I realized the
    conservation theme with the lack of support and appreciation from the
    establishment, but it also reminded me of existence on a planet like Mars
    dry, barren, high radiation levels, and lifeless and the enormous
    difficulty in bringing life there. (It also reminded me of “Silent
    Running”.)
    My experience with plants would not allow me to believe her heroic
    conservation efforts of blood, sweet, and tears would safe the tree
    (environment). It is a matter of too little too late. Even if the plant
    lives one plant does not a species maintain. Once we reach a threshold
    point feed back loops take effect and the environment and the dream of its
    return are lost.

  7. Brancaleone31 on December 4, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Magnifique…

  8. joyce akrasi on October 13, 2015 at 6:23 am

    Loved it and want more. It was beautiful. Well done!

  9. LauW G. on September 19, 2015 at 2:08 am

    It’s been like 2 and half years in my “to watch” list

  10. Gabby Gitz on July 21, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Always take your meds…

  11. LN Gibson on July 18, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Loved Pumzi! I was at the edge of my seat. The ending said a lot. Pay
    attention to when the camera pans out into the words “Pumzi”, and listen to
    the background sounds. Pure genius!

  12. Brendan P Behan on July 11, 2015 at 2:44 am

    Absolutely fantastic. I wanted to request that the auto-captioning option
    be turned on so that Deaf and hearing-impaired viewers can also enjoy this
    film. Info on how to activate auto-captioning is here:
    support.google.com/youtube/answer/100078?hl=en

  13. Odin Halvorson on July 9, 2015 at 11:44 am

    This was absolutely brilliant. So good to see scifi like this being made.

  14. chrisp lee on July 2, 2015 at 4:39 am

    beautiful! I would love to see more

  15. Diddy Dennis on June 15, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Absolutely magnificent.

  16. Eligah Boykin Jr. on April 29, 2015 at 4:40 am

    A highly original start towards forging an Afrocentric Science Fiction…

  17. Harriet Clarke on April 3, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    it would be really cool if an outside group sent her the soil sample they
    could come and find her.

  18. jory lockhart on April 1, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    i would think this is a story of how mother earth created the earth we live
    on now.

  19. African kids dance moves on March 26, 2015 at 5:09 am

    WOW!!! watched it with my young kids and we spent the whole 21 min at the
    edge of our seats…..great work…Believe and shall be…

  20. Jean van wyk on March 23, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    I’m in tears T_T that was so beautiful

  21. yair barron on March 10, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Womens logic: “we found life!!, no you aren’t going out because I say so!!”

  22. slendersummersev e on January 19, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Powerful and moving. This is probably my favorite dystopian film.

  23. Bevvii D on January 14, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    AWESOME DEEPTH! Thank you Kunity77 for sharing this. This is BEAUTIFUL! 

  24. Khadijah (kunity77) Noir on January 7, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Freedom Is reality! Love Dis! Bless ~Unity

  25. Krishenna Patrick on January 2, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    I realy liked it!!! I was captivated from the first few seconds in….wish
    it was longer!!

  26. MAC attack on December 25, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Excellent.

  27. Crystal Gonzalez on December 25, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Love this!

  28. Dave Forrest Jr. on December 25, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    EXQUISITE.

  29. Blkvixon Vixon on December 25, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Great!

  30. blackdragonwingz on October 31, 2014 at 1:04 am

    Wow this was amazing….kind of stunned. 

  31. Queenixx on October 25, 2014 at 2:41 am

    this is so depressing

  32. Zorgoon Trollstones on October 18, 2014 at 5:59 am

    That was beautiful, meaningful, creative, honest and simply important. My
    eyes will be glued to this director/writer. She is the future of cinema.
    Period. Not just African cinema. Even though, pretty soon Africa will be
    leading the world 🙂 wake up!!

  33. iamunique on October 9, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Really good film!

  34. princessfly11 on October 7, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Intriguing, visually appealing and conceptually stunning. The message is
    loud and clear.

  35. takeshi hiraoka on October 1, 2014 at 11:49 am

    P.S. What great, but sad ending.

  36. takeshi hiraoka on October 1, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Okay, okay, that was actually two things.

  37. takeshi hiraoka on October 1, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Wow. What a great film! Thanks very much for posting this. Great story,
    great acting, brilliant photography and editing. There’s only one thing I
    have to say: MORE, PLEASE!

  38. bluebell anon on October 1, 2014 at 8:13 am

    That was amazing. A great film.

  39. Mark Naranjo on September 27, 2014 at 6:43 am

    heyyyyyyy

  40. Lyrak on September 26, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Oh my god. I want a full length movie set in this world.

  41. Angela Nienaber on September 22, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Oh my, that was good. The ending hurt. Beautiful.

  42. Cosmo Ren on September 17, 2014 at 6:33 am

    wELL THEN

  43. QuirkyShiny on September 16, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    I was absolutely blindsided by this film, wow. Incredibly powerful and
    moving. Thanks for the upload. Amazing.

  44. Jesse Walsh on September 16, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Kudzani Moswela deserves an award for her acting here. It takes such talent
    to say all that she did without really talking. I mean damn.

  45. Jesse Walsh on September 16, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Kudzani Moswela deserves an award for her acting here. It takes such talent
    to say all that she did without really talking. I mean damn.

  46. awkwardmajo on September 6, 2014 at 12:55 am

    Damn

  47. Blueberry Marshmallow on September 5, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    Why? Oh why?
    Damn this film, now I am emotional! >.< *sigh* It is so good. Everything about this is brilliant.

  48. Rishika Reddy on September 5, 2014 at 2:27 am

    OH MY FUCKING GOD
    THIS IS BRILLIANT!!!! WHY DOESNT THIS HAVE MORE LIKES??!

  49. kimmycheyenne on August 27, 2014 at 5:10 am

    WOW

  50. marcyxfinn on August 23, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    are you kidding me? she was so close

  51. parrasalazar on August 23, 2014 at 5:05 am

    I would like subtitles, I had a hard time trying to figure out what the
    voice-over was saying u.u.

  52. Мария Калинина on August 19, 2014 at 1:58 am

    Very beautiful!
    The ending reminds me Green Morning by Ray Bradbry a bit.

  53. silentruth on August 18, 2014 at 8:51 am

    this is absolutely gorgeous

  54. TheAnnoyingWombat on August 13, 2014 at 7:36 am

    1:41 I thought it said “done your shit today?” for a moment

  55. Kaylee John on August 3, 2014 at 4:41 am

    Absolutely brilliant! The cinematography was visually stunning, and the
    structure of the society was creative! I just have a few questions. BEWARE
    OF SPOILERS!!! Who was the woman in the bathroom, and why did the
    protagonist give her water? Did the colorful makeup on the protagonist in
    her dream hold any significance? Did her sacrifice grow the forest, or was
    the forest next to her? Please reply if you think you have an answer. 

  56. Bitcrossfire1 on July 31, 2014 at 3:51 am

    OHHH! If only she had taken a few more steps. Gah! I feel this.

  57. David Jackson on July 19, 2014 at 5:44 am

    That is what is going to happen

  58. Imples Paynter on July 18, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Really great!!!

  59. LighteningXT9 on July 17, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Wait they gotta pee in a cup then clean the pee out to just water and drink
    it? 

  60. ShieldofDeimos on July 13, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    *every expression of delight ever*

    #Pumzi #scifi #wwiii #Kenya #shortfilm 

  61. RectPropagation on July 10, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Is there anything from the writers/filmmakers about the meaning of the
    film? I have tons of questions. Who sent the protagonist (P) the sample? Do
    the people in charge know what’s going on at the surface or they believe
    what they tell P? Will anyone in the city do something about P’s absence?
    Spoilers next so adding some space…

    OK, everyone is interpreting the ending as P being close to having reached
    an oasis but we see time speed up to see her tree grow before the camera
    pulls back enough for us to see it. Was the oasis there when P planted the
    tree or does the oasis exists *because* P planted the tree? Or were they
    there because other people did what P did and planted trees? Does each tree
    then represent a person who died?

  62. Ron J. on July 9, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    I so enjoyed this. 

  63. aliveandconnected on July 3, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Beautifully done

  64. PONTY PRIDD on June 13, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Water is being used to tip.

  65. TheCOW257 on May 28, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    *Plantwave*

  66. Kkyyrruu on May 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    This was really good. I wish it was a full length movie.

  67. sydney kerosene on May 27, 2014 at 4:00 am

    I AM NOT OKAY

    THIS WAS EVERYTHING I’VE EVER WANTED IN A DYSTOPIAN SCI FI

  68. Ann Rain on May 15, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Very nice!!

  69. Robert Scholz on April 30, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    WHY WAS THIS NOT A FULL MOVIE?! SO FUCKING GOOD!

  70. Helen Peiler on April 29, 2014 at 2:27 am

    SHE WAS SO CLOSE! Oh man, just a little longer, honey. (beautiful ending
    though. oh man)

  71. maxy pink on April 25, 2014 at 12:04 am

    i like it, pamoja na nairobi half life

  72. Tabia NaMoto on April 21, 2014 at 12:25 am

    Absolutely magnificent – a truly African Science Fiction film ……more
    please 🙂
    The joy is that it was not war war war – and yet conflict, intrigue,
    disappointment, joy, sacrifice were all there! Thank you greatly for
    putting this on You Tube for all of us to be inspired by!

  73. The Honorable Baba-C GMS on April 15, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Wow!

  74. BeaAurthur on April 14, 2014 at 5:48 am

    did she turn into a tree at the end?

  75. Nick Brandon on April 10, 2014 at 11:52 am

    THE ENDING 

  76. brownshuga24 on April 10, 2014 at 11:04 am

    amazing! 

  77. John -KJ- Kiarie on April 9, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Awesome Piece. Great Concept. Amazing Project.
    Congrats @wanuri

  78. redxsage on April 9, 2014 at 2:29 am

    Superlative.

  79. Sharla Spain on April 9, 2014 at 1:17 am

    Powerful loved this

  80. spiritsongtress on April 8, 2014 at 6:24 am

    Who builds there city in a Rainshadow side of a mountain RANGE!. The
    rainshadow side is the ‘other side’ of the range, one saide gets rainfall (
    and the other doesn’t, you see in places like Nevada

  81. Alyse S. (nanairomiso) on April 8, 2014 at 1:13 am

    これって素晴らしい!!ケニアのサイエンスフィクションはすごい!!もっと見たいなぁ!
    #shortfilm #映画 #ケニア #サイエンスフィクション #ショートフィルム 

  82. Mitochondrial Eve on April 7, 2014 at 6:44 am

    AWESOME. I WANT MORE, PLEASE….

  83. Zack Haigh on April 7, 2014 at 3:02 am

    Pleeease upload an hd non-stretched version. This upload quality doesn’t do
    the film justice

  84. Anne Glass on April 6, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Take note Hollywood, THIS is how you do a dystopian future.

  85. whatsername on April 6, 2014 at 11:03 am

    WELL DID IT WORK??? D:

  86. Menes Rebazzar on April 6, 2014 at 9:10 am

    hot!

  87. Jessica Amzoll on April 6, 2014 at 8:44 am

    That ending! How tragic!

  88. bigtic28 on April 6, 2014 at 8:34 am

    I need more movies like this in my life!

  89. jasmine batista on April 6, 2014 at 7:48 am

    powerful!

  90. Tara G on April 6, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Hello. I have learned of this short film from AfroPunk on Facebook. I
    really enjoyed this plot, great work cast and crew! Thank you for posting.
    :)

  91. sportinlife jones on April 6, 2014 at 4:15 am

    Why can’t Tyler perry do amazing films like this instead of madea gets an
    bet card. Amazing . Please give us more like this. Originality is really
    refreshing

  92. Kesa Kay (Resident Atheist) on April 6, 2014 at 12:54 am

    awesome movies 

  93. Nina Karakos on April 5, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Ugh the ending killed me. this was beautiful! 

  94. Katt No on April 4, 2014 at 8:23 am

    That ending hurt me. I am in physical pain. JUST WHY? WHY?

  95. Rocke Sci on April 4, 2014 at 3:03 am

    This is awesome. Kenya making sci fi. Hurray.

  96. afya ibomu on April 3, 2014 at 11:22 am

    so awesome!! wish it was a full length movie!

  97. Josiah Bradley on April 3, 2014 at 5:12 am

    I really enjoyed this!

  98. Finley Lincoln (Finn) on April 2, 2014 at 11:19 am

    that was probably the most painful ending i have ever subjected myself to.

    i don’t regret a thing.

  99. Raymond Williams on April 2, 2014 at 3:33 am

    This is what is meant when we say ,Blood Sweat and Tears of and from the
    land ,,,,! Well Done My Friend ,,,,Well Told !

  100. Shawn Ifill on April 2, 2014 at 1:21 am

    Very well done.

  101. wamutogoria on April 1, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Wanuri is a brilliant film maker

  102. UniQueLyEviL on April 1, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Loved it!

  103. vixen555wench on April 1, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Beautiful film!! it’s like an afro-futurist creation myth.

  104. Mista Bite on April 1, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Amazing! thank you. So inspiring. Creatively, spiritually. A timeless piece
    of enlightened information.

  105. LilyReiRose on April 1, 2014 at 5:03 am

    Beautiful. I loved it.

  106. mizike06 on April 1, 2014 at 1:49 am

    Good film!

  107. cookiessprite on March 31, 2014 at 2:29 am

    Really wonderful, and visually stunning. I would love to see a feature
    film based on this.

  108. Lys J on March 30, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    This is such a beautiful and emotional movie. Well done, all of you <3

  109. Akili Visual on March 27, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Dopeness. Love seeing us in Sci-fi!

  110. Filmtress Mu on March 26, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Speechless except:

    This movie was made five years ago and we’re just seeing it? WHAT?!! I’m
    moving to Cape Town. Geez, all this time I’m trying to break into
    Hollystank in the States when there are beautiful films happening right on
    the Continent. Geez!

  111. NaturallyCurlyFlyGyal VixenMezniqueeMattisDiaz on March 26, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Really nice video Finally a Sci-Fi movie for a black woman. Who you don’t
    have to guess her race. 

  112. Nathalee Fay on March 26, 2014 at 7:49 am

    golly gosh that was gorgeous

  113. dayglowjoe on March 20, 2014 at 8:27 am

    wow this was wonderful!

  114. Tyson Franklin on March 19, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Great short film. Are you all planning to expand on the story? I’d love to
    see more

  115. Billie4Mozzarella on March 14, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    What a wonderful, engaging, fascinating and emotional film. 

  116. Michaela Bridgemohan on March 14, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Wow, really powerful movie. Great! 

  117. dexterdamonkey on March 8, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    this is gorgeous beyond description. i don’t care what this was a metaphor
    for. don’t over think it. it was beautiful.
    this short 20 minute kenyan production is worth more than everything
    hollywood has produced in the last ten years *anything* Hollywood has *ever*
    produced.

  118. Grace Davies on March 8, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I loved this. To me, I thought the rain forest she was so close to yet saw
    nothing of was a metaphor for the economy and resources of the west that we
    do not share with people suffering in Africa. 

  119. FlowoftheImagination on March 7, 2014 at 6:01 am

    she was so close D’:

  120. LADYQUEEN on February 17, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Best court métrage wow tirons-en une lecons.

  121. KYOUTH MEDIA on February 10, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    good one

  122. Skimmer6t on February 6, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    I didn’t like it to much. The story was trying to display a post
    apocalyptic distopian society that had a scarcity of water. However the
    issue I had with it was that the “scientific foreman” that she was talking
    to after she found water were Irrational characters and I understand that
    it is hard to write antagonists in a story and make their dissensions human
    and slightly rational. It doesn’t excuse the writer from providing a good
    reason for characters dissensions. Personalty I see this a lot in Distopian
    writings and believe that writers should create a more rational antagonist
    in this genre.

  123. Mark Miller on February 5, 2014 at 10:09 am

    absolutely inspiring 

  124. DanceSexMusicHipHop on February 4, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    That was beautiful! 

  125. Lorena Miranda on December 9, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Muy bueno. Para allá vamos…

  126. kevin stewart on November 28, 2013 at 12:15 am

    While I enjoyed this obvious world view, I blog for www.moviepilot.com and
    I have been wondering why so may dystopian films are made. Seems Utopian
    films are no longer being made. Its as if we are allowing ourselves to
    continue to march toward and imagine such a world. Yet within this short
    film one can see that it is the revolutionary mind being urges to awake and
    disobey the powers that be, The message (perhaps I yearn to look for one
    that is not even there) is to ACT NOW.

  127. Eren Moore on November 11, 2013 at 3:05 am

    Yep I cried at the end

  128. Em Corece on November 7, 2013 at 9:48 am

    I want to name my next child Pumzi now.

  129. MrTrax0r on September 22, 2013 at 2:34 am

    very impressive production value. the cinematography is beautiful. It looks
    as good as any sci-fi movie i goto at the theater. as far as visually at
    least. like they started to make a movie but ran out of funds to finish the
    other 5/6ths. A lot of other sci-fi and other genre shorts ive watched on
    youtube are good, but you can frequently tell it was done with a minimal
    budget, and like its missing some of the fine details.not in this case,
    just beautifully well done

  130. LANN98 on September 20, 2013 at 3:52 am

    lann stone signed in just to like and comment this video. she should have
    planted it within the shade of another deadwood. that way, it will have
    shade for the time that the shadow of the tree is on it. it was sad that
    she did not get to see the thriving forest just within the mountain ranges,
    but at least that means a forest somewhere is thriving for once :_) i would
    not like to have seen the war that reduces humanity back to this sorrid
    state.

  131. Sadonia D on August 24, 2013 at 10:45 am

    I’m sorry, but I didn’t like it. The concept was great but it was
    depressing as hell 🙁

  132. Louis Bond on August 15, 2013 at 6:13 am

    I really hope Kahiu is able to make a feature film soon. This has got to be
    one of the best shorts of all time.

  133. Amarra2012 on August 8, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    This was great. Thank you for sharing.

  134. IvoryDoll on August 5, 2013 at 6:06 am

    Would you look at. He removed his comment. It’s as though no offence was
    taken. Well, except for your comment.

  135. nycplayboy78 on July 30, 2013 at 10:47 am

    AMEN!!!!

  136. aerospike00 on July 22, 2013 at 10:01 am

    I know the feeling. I was hoping she wasn’t going to do that, but I knew
    she would. She sacrificed herself for the future 🙁

  137. Skyazuli on July 12, 2013 at 2:10 am

    .simply brilliant

  138. RnB4LIF3 on July 2, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Just beautiful!

  139. Terez Williamson on June 18, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Extraordinary! Vision like this shows just how creatively bankrupt
    Hollywood is.

  140. cyt0plasm null on June 9, 2013 at 5:29 am

    Fuck.

  141. Joe Love on May 24, 2013 at 12:54 am

    Beautifully done, powerful story

  142. Daynoh Kabiti on May 22, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Lovely, just captivating

  143. typothalamus on May 22, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    SO GOOD

  144. MysteryHistorydotTV on April 17, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Spoiler Alert, your a douchebag, remove your dumbass comment. Why do you
    have to spoil it for people? I was 5 minutes into it and checked out the
    comments. Damn your the king of the douchebags.

  145. V. von Doom on February 11, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    DAMMIT ASHA WHY

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