Yellow Fever: a short film by Ng’endo Mukii

I am interested in the concept of skin and race, and what they imply; in the ideas and theories sown into our flesh that change with the arc of time. The idea of beauty has become globalised, creating homogenous aspirations, and distorting people’s self-image across the planet. In my film, I focus on African women’s self-image, through memories and interviews; using mixed media to describe this almost schizophrenic self-visualization that I and many others have grown up with —Ng’endo Mukii

Yellow Fever: FULL from Ng’endo Mukii on Vimeo.

-Best Experimental Short Film, Black Star Film Festival, USA August 2014
-Best Short Film, AfriKamera Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland April 2014
-3rd place in the Documentary Category, 2nd Afrinolly Short Film Competition, February 2014
-Best Animation, This Is England Film Festival, Rouen, France November 2013
-Best Student Film, Underexposed Film Festival, SC, USA November 2013
-Silver Hugo for Best Animated Short, 49th Chicago International Film Festival, USA October 2013
-Special Mention, 59th Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Germany May 2013
-Best Short Film, Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, Lagos, Nigeria March 2013
-Best Animation, 7th Kenya International Film Festival, Nairobi, Kenya November 2012


3 thoughts on “Yellow Fever: a short film by Ng’endo Mukii

  1. I really liked the film dada! It is disappointing to many Africans who were born in the diaspora that colorism has grown to be a widespread problem in Africa also. Many come to the motherland with romantic notions of proud Africans who continue to embrace the traditions and cultures of our Ancestors and so many become disillusioned and heartbroken when they find the same same issues to deal with in Africa that they were attempting to escape in America and elsewhere. Your film brought that home so vividly and powerfully! Well, we who are ‘KNOWERS’ have to set the example for the youth to be proud of who we are and what we will become in the future. It is up to we KNOWERS to provide the positive examples and mentoring to those who need it. I will never give up hope dada. And I have a feeling that you won’t either! A Luta Continua!

    • The problem of colorism exists throughout the African Diaspora. It can be seen in Asian cultures too. It is a terribly sad state of affairs, but not surprising given the fact Europeans colonized all but four nations on the planet. Not only did they colonize the physical spaces on the globe, they also colonized the minds of the peoples they conquered. Still, we can fight back. The film by Ng’endo Mukii shows the vital necessity of opening a conversation about this issue. Getting folks to talk about this problem is a first step in its remediation. Thank you for your comment, Mama Charlotte. I hope to hear more from you in the future.

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