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Their prosperity is based on our poverty

HUMAN 2018: Thank You For The Rain
Regissør: Julia Dahr

Kenyan Kisilu Musya goes from being a father and farmer in the global south to traveling the world as an activist in the global north in this documentary by Julia Dahr.

In a single night vision selfie, we get introduced to the film's protagonists, Kenyan farmer Kisilu Musya, his wife Christina Wayua Kisilu and their nine children, Naomi, Serah, Esther, Isaac, Mercy, Grace, Juliet, Kaki and Eunice. The film's theme is climate change, and by gradually shedding more light on this family portrait, the film makes us see that there are actually real people in the world who experience that climate change is not just big words and loud rhetoric, but a harsh reality they face on a daily basis. . And that they have no choice but to accept them.

Wait. This is made clear in an informative and extremely cinematic way, in footage that varies from landscape and sky to details in human faces. In the beginning, the protagonists of the film wait for the rain, "mother of all living things in the world," as Christina says slowly, with a soft, wise and timeless voice. As the rain does not come, the earth becomes more and more dehydrated, and so do the mouths of the family. Kisilu comes home from the city, and in a telling scene without words, he almost gives in. . .

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Melita Zajc
Zajc is a media writer, researcher and film critic. She lives and works in Slovenia, Italy and Africa.

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