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“The title, Nairobi Berries, is a play on words for us. We often talk of ‘Nairoberry’ which refers to our high rate of crimes and robbery. I was contemplating on the why of this culture, what we are seeking that creates pervasive hording and petty crime. These are the ‘fruits promised.’ The dream that one day we will also live lavishly and reap the bounty that this city has to offer, its fruits; Nairobi Berries.”
Ng’endo Mukii, Author
Nairobi Berries is a VR experience created by Kenyan artist Ng’endo Mukii. The film is a poetic symphony on Nairobi, consisting of a lyrical voice-over by Mukii alongside surreal, layered images of Nairobi. Mukii’s synopsis of the film reads, “In the empty spaces we cannot claim as our own, in forests full of smoke and beneath still waters. two women and a man wrangle. Each must hollow out the other’s core for fruits promised by only ever borne in dreams. For this is Nairobi, the city we call home.”
According to Mukii, her work focuses on relationships, the separation between perception and reality, and the use of moving image to represent unspoken truths. When describing her process for creating Nairobi Berries, she said, “When I was story-boarding the film, my main concern was to use the space to create a dream-like state and to make the audience occupy the space with the feeling that this created world is constantly happening around them. I wanted it to feel like a waking dream.”
Nairobi Berries was supported by Electric South’s New Dimensions Grant, an award that supports African artists from a spectrum of creative disciplines to explore 360 filmmaking.