Tapi!

  • 20'
  • Kenya
  • 2020

The Nest Collective is a multidisciplinary arts collective from Nairobi that has been creating works in film, music, fashion and visual art since 2012. As part of the IFFR 2018 Pan-African Cinema Today (PACT) programme, we showed the wide range of their film and video works. We invited them to make new work for IFFR 2020.

Tapi! is a short documentary that explores a formative moment in the life of Kenyan ritual healer Jackson, one of the last practitioners of the ritual healing practice called utapishi ('tapi'). The leaders of the local Christian church are not happy with the influence of the ritual and decide to go to court. Jackson pushes back against the threat of tapi's prohibition by local Christian church movements who seem to be determined to erase the complex history of a people. 

Part of African Collectives Project, commissioned by IFFRScreens together with Kmêdeus.

Director
Jim Chuchu
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Kenya
Production Year
2020
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
20'
Medium
DCP
Languages
English, Kiswahili
Producers
Njoki Ngumi, Njeri Gitungo
Production Company
The Nest Arts Company Limited
Sales
The Nest Arts Company Limited
Cinematography
Noel Kasyoka
Editor
Jim Chuchu
Sound Design
Mars Maasai, Jim Chuchu
Music
Jim Chuchu
Cast
Vitalis Waweru, Derrick Wambugu , Neville Misati