A New Big Fish Story: Short Film “Jonah”

Tuesday 04th, June 2013 / 12:49 Written by


Mbwana and the bigh fish that shall change his life.

Mbwana and the bigh fish that shall change his life.

The two Zanzibari beach boys Mbwana and Juma are best friends. Young men with big dreams, they see their moment come when they photograph a gigantic fish leaping out of the sea, making their small town blossom into a tourist hot-spot as a result.

But for Mbwana (Daniel Kaluuya), the reality isn’t what he dreamed: After a short exess the billboards in town have long corrugated, mass tourism has left not much but beaches full of trash. When Mbwana meets the fish again, both of them forgotten, ruined and old, he decides only one of them can survive.

With “Jonah” Director Kibwe Tavares has created a big fish story about the old and the new, and the links and the distances between them. A visual feast including anmiation, shot though with humour and warmth, it tells an old story in a completely new way.

JONAH from Factory Fifteen on Vimeo.

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