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Kudzani Moswela in Pumzi

  • Kudzani Moswela in "Pumzi"

35 years after the "Water War" has wiped out all plant and animal life on Earth, a woman (Kudzani Moswela) ventures out of her technological prison into the barren dessert, following her vision of a lone surviving tree, in Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu's (From a Whisper) 23-minute 2010 Sundance Selection Pumzi.

Pumzi screens for free, Sunday at 2 p.m. in the African Women and Science Fiction program at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th St.

The screening is part of the Illinois Humanities Council's Public Square Civic Cinema series and the African Jubilee Film Festival, co-presented by portoluz and UIC's African American Studies and Gender and Women's Studies departments.

Nigerian American YA novelist and Chicago State University professor Nnedi Okorafor (Zahrah the Windseeker) reads from her works and hosts a discussion after the screening.

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