Critically-acclaimed Kenyan documentary, THE LETTER is set to premiere in Kenyan cinemas starting this Friday, the 11th Dec 2020. The film, which seeks to highlight the need to protect the vulnerable elderly in Kenya is produced and directed by wife-and-husband duo Maia and Christopher King.
THE LETTER is a story that most Kenyan families can relate to. Its theme explores the tales of land division when an elder dies, depicting the chaotic mixture of tradition vs modern values and religion.
The film, a production by Circle & Square Productions under the umbrella of Docubox East African Film Fund was officially selected by the Kenyan Film Commission as Kenya’s official submission to the Oscars Best International Film category. Maia who is a renowned Kenyan musician, also composed the original soundtrack.
Ahead of the release, Maia & Chris shared, “Making The Letter over six years has been a transformational journey for both of us”, adding, “Each person in the film faces extreme personal risk by openly discussing the taboos around witchcraft, and it is our hope that the bravery of this family can help break the silent cycle of violence that continues to wreak havoc amongst families across the region.”
Filmed over six years, THE LETTER is a gripping family drama about a 95-year-old Grandmother with a fearless spirit, who must overcome dangerous accusations of witchcraft that are coming from within her own family. Her grandson Karisa, travels home from the city to investigate, and it gradually emerges who sent the threatening letter and why.
The film has so far played at some of the world’s most prestigious international film festivals including DOC NYC, AFI Docs, IDFA, Durban and Docs Barcelona where it won a Special Jury Mention. It was also nominated for a One World Media Award as well as an African Movie Academy award for Best Documentary.
Below are the venues where you can catch the film:
Century Garden City
For more info: visit www.the-letter.org