Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

THE BATTLE OF THE SACRED TREE

Year: 1995
Country: Kenya/Germany
Run Time: 80 minutes

THE BATTLE OF THE SACRED TREE

Here is a delightful post-colonial comedy of errors, based on a short story by Barbara Kimenye. THE BATTLE OF THE SACRED TREE recounts the confrontation between the practitioners of African religions and the uptight proponents of post-missionary teachings. The focus of this idealogical tug-of-war is a fig tree, a seemingly simple specimen standing alone on a piece of land yet sacred in Kikuyu mythology. The tree is a powerful symbol for the local people, a fact not lost upon the Christian Women's Group that sees the tree as a remnant of the dark, superstitious and sinful past. Since their own men are drinking down at the bar, the self-righteous church women determine to chop down the tree by themselves. But first they have to go to the local medicine man and his high-spirited daughter. Inspired and inspiring. In English and Swahili with English subtitles.

- G. Cahill, Mill Valley Film Festival

Screenplay
Wanjiru Kiyanjui (based on a short story by Barbara Kimenye)

Director
Wanjiru Kinyanjui

Producer
Kristov Brandli

Cinematography
Francois Kotlarski

Editing
Eva Lopez Echegoyen

Principal Cast
Margaret Njacheo, Catherine Kariuki, Roslynn Kimani, Titi Wainala

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