International news giant, Al Jazeera has announced that it will feature two Kenyan films in the second season of the Africa Direct short documentaries program.
Moses Obuye‘s Kenya Ice Lions, which is set in Kikuyu and Mukuru Kuyaba in Nairobi follows the action of Benjamin Mburu, captain and assistant coach of the Ice Lions, the only ice hockey team in East and Central Africa, which had competed internationally until the pandemic hit. He rallies the skaters and finds innovative ways to keep their skills, and the team’s finance, alive.
Conservation From Above by Rahab Wambui tells the story of Daniel Zuma, a surveillance pilot in the Kasigau Corridor conservation area. He also does on-the-ground work in conservation, including with local communities in which he grew up, conveying an important conservation message and leaving a legacy to pass on. The film was shot in Rukinga, Kenya.
These are two of 14 engaging and insightful short documentaries from nine African countries that will be featured in the second season of Africa Direct on Al Jazeera English Documentaries.
The first season of Africa Direct was aired in the year 2021 and it marked the beginning of African films getting featured on the international channel.
Season Two presents another 14 episodes of short documentaries made by Africans about Africans. They provide a vivid and fascinating look into the diversity of ordinary people on the continent. Whether they are unsung heroes, change champions or simply getting on with their lives, they are all agents in their own stories.
This year the countries represented include Mali, Rwanda, Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon and Mozambique.
The Bookmaker, directed by Girum Berehanetsehay, On the White Nile, by filmmaker Akuol de Mabior (South Sudan), in The Young Cyclist by Yuhi Amuli and Joan Kabugu’s Throttle Queens (Kenya) were some of the films that were featured in the first season of Africa Direct.