OFFICIAL SELECTION 2018
DIRECTOR : Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann
COUNTRY : Kenya
YEAR : 2017
TIME : 70mins
SK Nouveau 5, 13 Oct @ 3pm | 16 Oct @ 10am
In New Moon, filmmaker & photographer Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann embarks on a journey that takes her to the island of Lamu. Her intentions are to make a documentary about the island’s transformation from an obscure, predominantly Muslim Stone town to a port city. The gigantic port project & coal plant are the external elements that threaten the rhythm of Lamu though the real disruption is revealed as we watch Ms. Ndisi Herrmann confront a new spiritual awareness. Her search takes her to a woman called Raya and her young son, Ahmed. It is in their home that her narrative anchors & a more personal entry point begins. Fragments of Lamu life unfold like chapters in a book: a man scaling a fish, children bathing by a dock, a baptism, a visual diary of a woman not entirely sure of where she is headed with only her instincts guiding her. We see Ms. Ndisi Herrmann tackle the contradictions of being a modern, liberal woman embracing Islam & grappling with the complexities of her chosen faith.
The Ladima Award for African Women Documentary Filmmaker
NBO Film Fest (Mar 2018)
Luxor African Film Festival (Mar 2018)
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann (1985, Germany) is an artist employing the craft of poetry, filmmaking and photography. Drawn to narratives about Childhood, Memory and Women, Philippa has an interest in Psychic Ancestry, Spirituality and the rhythm of the Ocean. Her personal work is a mélange of autobiographical documentary and poetry. An alumna of IDFA Summer School 2013 (Amsterdam), Berlinale Talents 2016 and a fellow of RAW Académie 2016 (Dakar), her Visual Poem Seeds, won the Ecumenical Jury Award at Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen 2017. Her recently completed feature-length Documentary, New Moon, has won The Artistic Achievement Award in a Long Documentary at the Luxor African Film Festival 2018 and The Ladima Award for African Women Documentary Filmmaker at ZIFF 2018.Philippa has exhibited at Turner Contemporary (UK, 2017), with the Goethe Institut, at The National Museum (Kenya, 2013) and in collaboration with The Sundance Institute, at MoCADA (New York City, 2011). Philippa moonlights as an Intuitive Guide and DJ. Her first home is Nairobi, Kenya. She has a penchant for cooking, laughing with kindred spirits, dancing to songs that touch her heart and reading Maulana Rumi.