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Kenyan Film ‘Baba’ By Mbithi Masya To Premiere At The 47th TIFF Festival

Kenyan Film 'Baba' By Mbithi Masya To Premiere At The 47th TIFF Festival
The film is about a six-year-old boy living in the outskirts of Nairobi using an unusual ability to escape harsh reality, in the wildly imaginative and emotionally affecting his childhood tale

Kenyan film director Mbithi Masya will debut his 15-minute short film called Baba at the 47th annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) scheduled to take place from September 8 to 18, 2022.

The film is about a six-year-old boy living in the outskirts of Nairobi using an unusual ability to escape harsh reality, in the wildly imaginative and emotional affecting his tale of childhood.

This isn’t Mbithi’s first film to premiere at the festival, Mbithi’s first feature film, Kati Kati, produced by award-winning German director Tom Tykwer, One Fine Day Films and Ginger Ink Productions, won several international awards, including the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) award in the Discovery Programme at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

TIFF announced this year’s Short Cuts lineup will be presented by TikTok and will showcase 39 live-action narrative, documentary, and animated shorts by a groundbreaking group of filmmakers representing 18 countries.

The thought-provoking works are from international talents, the lineup also includes new films by TIFF alumni such as Alice Rohrwacher, Sarah McCarthy, Matthew Rankin, Carol Nguyen, Karen Chapman, Sophy Romvari and our very own fim director Mbithi Masya, among others.

The diverse lineup of shorts includes 21 World Premieres and 15 North American Premieres presented in 20 different languages, with a breadth of new and unique perspectives.

“We’re thrilled to be returning with one of our strongest ever selections of short films by directors from all over the world,” says Jason Anderson, International Programmer for Short Cuts. “We’re always amazed by the breadth, depth, and diversity of the talents working in short-form cinema, whether they’re filmmakers who we’ve already had the privilege of presenting at TIFF or emerging storytellers who we can’t wait to introduce to our audiences. And however different these new works may be, what they share is an incredible sense of clarity and economy – these are films that don’t waste a second no matter what they’re out to achieve.”

Films programmed in this year’s Short Cuts selection are eligible for three jury-selected IMDbPro Short Cuts Awards (Best Film, Best Canadian Film, and the Share Her Journey Award for best film by a woman) as well as the Shawn Mendes Foundation Changemaker Award.

TIFF is a charitable cultural organization established in 1976 with a mission to transform the way people see the world, through film.

Read the full Short Cuts lineup here.

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