You can’t put a good man down. In this case, a good movie. The feature film directed and co-written by Mbithi Masya and Mugambi Nthiga, Kati Kati is a masterpiece that was brought to life by German producer Tom Tykwer and One Fine Day Films.
Little did the team know that after its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival late last year, the film would be selected and awarded by the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) for the Discovery programme thereafter.
And that was just the beginning. In February, Kati Kati was awarded the filmpris(film prize) at the 19th CinemAfrica Film Festival in Stockholm. Come March, it bagged the ‘Best Film (East Africa)’ award at the 2017 AMVCA.
Turns out it has been recognized again by Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival winner of the Emerging Filmmaker Award Competition.
The film society released a statement that read in part, ‘’For creating a well-crafted, well-acted and thoroughly African version of a touching tale of life after death, the Jury awards the Emerging Filmmaker Prize to KATI KATI, directed by Mbithi Masya.’’
Founded in 1962 the Film Society is best known for the annual centerpiece, the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF). Presented every April, MSPIFF is the largest international arts event in the region exhibiting more than 350+ films from some 70 countries each year and drawing growing audiences of nearly 50,000 in 2016.
Elated, Mbithi took to social media to break the news.
‘’Congratulations to everyone who was involved in making this little film that could win.’’ Mbithi posted.
The film features an admirable cast made up of Nyokabi Gethaiga, Elsaphan Njora, Paul Ogola, Peter King Mwania, Fidelis Nyambura Mukundi, Brian Ogola, Mumbi Maina, Mary Gacheri, Jane Muriuki and Samson Hassan.