Maia Lekow and Christopher King
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The letter

Maia Lekow and Christopher King

The letter

The surprising story between a grandmother and her grandson hides an indestructible female power.

2019
82 min.
Kenya
English and Swahili
Subtitles: Catalan, Spanish and English

Projeccions

3/2/2021
19:15
Girona
Cinema Truffaut
19:30
Barcelona
Cinemes Girona
€6.00
20:00
A Coruña
Centro Ágora
€2.00
3/3/2021
20:00
Badalona
Teatre Margarida Xirgu
€3.00
3/4/2021
00:00
Esterri d'Àneu
Ecomuseu de la Vall d'Àneu · Projecció Online
00:00
Amposta
Amposta · Projecció online
€4.00
18:00
Alcoi
Centre Cultural Ovidi Montllor
21:00
Cardedeu
Cinema Esbarjo
3/5/2021
19:30
Joanetes - La Vall d'en Bas
Can Trona - Centre de Cultura i Natura
3/6/2021
17:00
Joanetes - La Vall d'en Bas
Can Trona - Centre de Cultura i Natura
17:00
Joanetes - La Vall d'en Bas
Can Trona - Centre de Cultura i Natura
19:00
Premià de Mar
Patronat Social Premianenc
3/7/2021
18:30
Llorenç del Penedès
El Centre
€5.00
3/8/2021
00:00
Ourense
Cineclube Padre Feijoo · Online
18:00
Lleida
Biblioteca Pública de Lleida
3/9/2021
00:00
Gijón
Gijón · Proyección Online
18:45
Madrid
Cineteca
€3.00
3/10/2021
00:00
Barcelona
Barcelona · Projecció Online
00:00
Sant Cugat del Vallès
Sant Cugat · Projecció Online
18:00
València
Octubre Centre Cultura Contemporània
19:30
Vilanova i la Geltrú
Teatre Principal
€3.00
19:30
Vilanova i la Geltrú
Teatre Principal
€3.00
20:00
Sant Cugat del Vallès
Sala d'actes de la Casa de Culura
3/11/2021
00:00
Girona
Centre Cívic Santa Eugènia · Projecció Online
19:00
Sant Quirze del Vallès
Sala d’Actes de la Biblioteca Municipal
20:30
Banyoles
Auditori de l'Ateneu de Banyoles
€3.00
3/12/2021
00:00
Sant Quirze del Vallès
Sala d’Actes de la Biblioteca Municipal
00:00
Girona
Cinema Truffaut · Projecció Online
00:00
Tarragona
Tarragona · Projecció Online
00:00
Calafell
Celler de Cal Bolavà
19:30
Barcelona
Lluïsos d'Horta
€4.00
20:00
Castellar del Vallès
Auditori Miquel Pont
€3.00
3/14/2021
00:00
Sort
Cinema Els Til·lers · Online
20:00
Barcelona
Teatre de Sarrià
3/15/2021
00:00
Castelldefels
Castelldefels · Projecció Online
19:00
Vigo
Auditorio Municipal do Concello
3/16/2021
00:00
Barcelona
Biblioteca de Vilapicina i la Torre Llobeta + Online
19:00
Matadepera
Escola de Música Frederic Mompou
19:00
Barcelona
Casa Elizalde
19:00
Salamanca
Teatro Juan del Enzina + Online
3/17/2021
00:00
Santa Coloma de Gramenet
Santa Coloma de Gramanet · Projecció Online
3/18/2021
00:00
Salamanca
Teatro Juan del Enzina + Online
19:00
Barcelona
Auditori de Sant Martí
19:00
Reus
Centre de la Imatge Mas Iglesias
19:30
Barcelona
Centre Cívic Ateneu Fort Pienc
20:00
Tona
Sala La Canal
€3.00
3/19/2021
00:00
Barcelona
Auditori de Sant Martí · Projecció Online
3/20/2021
19:00
Premià de Mar
Patronat Social Premianenc
3/21/2021
18:00
Montgat
Biblioteca Tirant Lo Blanc
19:00
Tortosa
Teatre Auditori Felip Pedrell
3/22/2021
20:00
Barcelona
Teatre de Sarrià
3/23/2021
19:00
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Teatro Guiniguada
19:30
Tudela de Duero
Tudela de Duero
3/24/2021
20:00
Antigua
Centro Polivalente Manuel Sánchez González
20:00
Corralejo
Auditorio de Corralejo
3/25/2021
00:00
Huesca
Huesca · Proyección Online
19:00
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
La Granja - Espacio de Creación
19:30
Madrid
Cines Embajadores
€6.00
20:00
Viladecans
Atrium Teatre
€3.00
20:00
Viladecans
Atrium Teatre
€3.00
20:30
Los Llanos de Aridane
Multicines Millennium
3/26/2021
19:00
Rubí
Ateneu Municipal
19:00
Sant Just Desvern
Ateneu de Sant Just
€5.00
20:30
Maçanet de la Selva
Teatre La Societat
3/27/2021
20:00
Frontera
Centro Cultural Ana Barrera Casañas
3/30/2021
20:00
Palma de Mallorca
CineCiutat
3/31/2021
20:30
Maó
Biblioteca Pública de Maó
Maia Lekow and Christopher King
The letter
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Datasheet

Show
Direction
Maia Lekow and Christopher King
Executive Production
Judy Kibinge, Peter Mudamba, Cynthia Kane
Sound
Maia Lekow
Distribution
DocsBarcelona Distribution
Production
Maia Lekow, Christopher King
Editors
Ricardo Acosta C.C.E and Christopher King
Writers
Lekow King, Ricardo Acosta
Cinematography
Christopher King
Synopsis

What would you do if your grandmother was accused of witchcraft? The times of the Holy Inquisition seem far away, but in Kenya today the reality of women with a special sensitivity is dramatic and brings us back to the terror of the middle Ages.

Young Karisa travels from Mombasa to his rural origins when he learns that his grandmother is in danger. Through conversations with his family, we discover in disbelief that his uncle, due to a combination of superstition and economic interest, is the instigator of the terrible accusation. Meanwhile, his aunts try to protect the grandmother, who now has to learn to coexist with the threat of assassination around her humble home. In Kenya, hundreds of elderly people are accused of witchcraft so that their land can be taken from them. A brave portrait that highlights how the values of rural communities have been disrupted by colonialism and religion. An intergenerational love story where Karisa's charisma demonstrates how it’s possible to resist greed, and where his grandmother's fragile body conceals indestructible female power.

About the direction
Maia Lekow

Maia Lekow

Director

Maia Lekow is a Kenyan musician and filmmaker, known prominently as the front-woman of the explosive...

Christopher King

Christopher King

Director

Christopher King is an award-winning filmmaker. Australian by birth, he has worked in Kenya for 13 y...

Awards and festivals

IDFA
Netherlands, 2019
Special Mention · DocsBarcelona
Spain, 2020
Dok.fest München
Germany, 2020
DOC NYC
United States, 2020
AFI Docs
United States, 2020
Denver Film Festival
United States, 2020
Melbourne International Film Festival
Australia, 2020
Durban International Film Festival
South Africa, 2020
Nominee · One World Media Awards
United Kingdom, 2020
Encounters South African Documentary Film Festival
South Africa, 2020
Tallgrass Film Festival
United States, 2020
New Orleans Film Festival
United States, 2020
Film Africa 2020
United Kingdom, 2020
One World
Czech Republic, 2020
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Reviews

An effective, emotionally immediate debut feature...

— Guy Lodge, Variety

Beautiful scenery contradicts an intensely cruel phenomenon falsely worshipped as ‘culture’ and ‘tradition’.

— ZAM
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