Release Date: 16/10/1995 (Mill Valley Film Festival)
Age Rating: –
Traditional African beliefs come into conflict with missionary zeal in a Kikuyu village. There, life revolves around a sacred tree that exerts a strange power over everyone around it. Needless to say, Christian ladies see the tree only as a reminder of a pagan past. Standing against their plan to cut down the tree is Mumbi, a daughter of an old-fashioned medicine man, who has returned from the city and an abusive husband. Her Polaroid snapshots of "the most dramatic occasion of the Felling of the Sacred Tree" reunite the community in healing together.
Directed by: Wanjiru Kinyanjui
Screenplay by: Wanjiru Kinyanjui
Story: Based on 'Battle of the Sacred Tree' short story by Barbara Kimenye.
Produced by: Kristov Brandli
Cinematography: Francois Kotlarski
Edited by: Eva Lopez Echegoyen
Music by: Mamadou Mbaye
Starring: Margaret Nyacheo Catherine Kariuki Roslynn Kimani