In coastal Kenya, a frenzied mix of consumerism & christianity is turning hundreds of families against their elders, branding them as witches as a means to steal their land. Filmed with a gentle pace and incredible closeness, The Letter is an intimate family portrait that weaves a complex story of shakespearean proportions.

Original Title The Letter
German Title The Letter
French Title The Letter
Other Titles The Letter
Directed by Maia Lekow, Christopher King
Country Kenya
Available Formats Blu-ray, DCP
Screenplay Ricardo Acosta
Film Editing Ricardo Acosta
Soundtrack Maia Lekow & Ken Myhr
Cinematography Christopher King
Production Judy Kibinge, Cynthia Kane, Peter Mudamba
Runtime 84 Min.
Language Swahili, Giriama, Englisch/d/f

«Ce film intimiste, dont émane une force tranquille, peint le tableau d'une culture ancestrale pris en otage par l'avidité de l'époque moderne.» Cineman, Laurine Chiarini

«Unverwüstliche weibliche Kraft.» Docs Barcelona

«Unglaublich charismatisch.» Variety

«Magisch.» AFI Docs

«Ein ergreifendes Familiendrama, das die unbewältigten Traumata des Kolonialismus aufzeigt.» Exberliner

«Der Film hat mich aufgewühlt.» Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

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