Kenya: Larry Asego's Short Film Selected for Ziff

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A Kenyan movie has been selected as one the 16 films in competition for the Sembene Ousmane Film Prize under the Zanzibar International Film Festival.

Soko Sonko produced by Ekwa Msangi is a 22-minute film which follows Kibibi's father, Ed (played by Larry Asego). He is tasked with taking her to the market to get her hair braided before school begins.

The short film is a hilarious, fish-out of-water roller-coaster of a journey, about a well-intentioned Dad who braves the fires and goes where no man has gone before because only women have been there!

Ekwa said in a press statement, "This story is inspired by and dedicated to my late father, Prof. K F Msangi, the only African man I know who faithfully and enthusiastically took his young daughter to the market regularly to get her hair braided. He made it his mission to figure out where; he came up with appropriate and interesting hairstyles, and he coached the hair braiders on exactly how he wanted it to look like. At the time when my aunties would marvel with amusement at the idea of him maneuvering these predominantly female spaces all for the sake of my hair - as opposed to asking one of them to take me, - I didn't think much of it. I knew it was rare and that none of my friends would even dream of their fathers knowing what direction the hair market was in, but it never occurred to me just how rare it actually was at the time."

"The competition has been designed to reward excellence in short film production and to encourage the production of new short films, including short documentaries," explains ZIFF assistant film director international, Fabrizio Colombo.
Source: The Star 22 April 2015