Generation Fire anthology of African creators
Disney + will introduce its viewers to creative talent from across Africa at the end of next year with the release of Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire. The 10-part anthology – made up of original feature films that present “an extremely entertaining journey into the future of Africa” - was crafted by promising filmmakers from various countries: Zimbabwe, Uganda, South Africa, Nigeria , Kenya, and Egypt. Each installment should end at 10 minutes each when they arrive on the streaming platform.
Peter Ramsey, one of the Oscar winning directors behind Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, is on board as executive producer.
“I am truly thrilled to be part of a revolutionary, fresh and exciting project that aims to expose the world to a whole new wave of creativity and invention from a place that is just ready to explode onto the global stage. of animation, ”Ramsey said in a statement. “The movies in the anthology sort of run the gamut when it comes to sci-fi. There are stories that touch on other worlds, time travel, and alien beings, but all of these genre conventions are seen through an African lens which makes them totally new. I can’t wait for people to be blown away and say ‘I want more!’ “
Tendayi Nyeke and Anthony Silverston of Triggerfish Studios will oversee the producers. Their Cape Town-based company oversees all films, while working in conjunction with other animation banners in Africa and around the world. Triggerfish also organized the entire process, which saw submissions from over 70 top directors and creators.
“Kizazi Moto derives from the Swahili phrase “kizazi cha moto” which literally translates to “generation of fire”, capturing the passion, innovation and enthusiasm that this new cohort of African filmmakers is poised to bring to the world, “said Nyeke. “” Moto “also means fire in several other African languages, from Rwandan Kinyarwanda to Shona, a Zimbabwean language, speaking to the Pan-African spirit that we hope to embody in this anthology.”
The entire campaign was preceded by a ‘multi-year research phase’, which benefited from input from Ghanaian comic blogger Kadi Tay, award-winning Congolese animation supervisor Sidney Kimbo-Kintombo (Avengers: Endgame) and Namibian-South African producer Bridget Pickering (Rwanda Hotel).
Now check out some teaser illustrations:
Disney + and ESPN + President Michael Paull cited Ryan Coogler’s massive cultural impact Black Panther as one of the determining factors Fire Generation, who wholeheartedly embraces the concept of Afrofuturism. Wakanda forever, indeed.
“We are bringing the work of a visionary new generation of African filmmakers to Disney +,” Paull concluded. “In addition to providing exciting animation for fans of all ages, this collection of ten original films draws on the phenomenon of Afrofuturism that has been supercharged by Marvel’s Black Panther and reflects Disney’s continued commitment to partner with leading global talent to tell the stories of the world from new and authentic perspectives. “
See below for the full list of projects, creators, and official synopses provided by Disney …
- Stardust (Ahmed Teilab – Egypt)
After receiving a pristine scroll of Oracle’s fate during her coming-of-age ceremony, Nawara, a rebellious stable girl, embarks on a perilous journey to find it and demand the kind of future that ‘she knows she deserves.
- Mkhuzi: the masked runner (Simangaliso ‘Panda’ Sibaya and Malcolm Wope – South Africa)
Manzo is a half-human, half-alien boy who must defeat the biggest and craziest in the galaxy in the Soweto Grand Prix to save his neighborhood from destruction.
- Hatima (Terence Maluleke and Isaac Mogajane – South Africa)
In a future Africa, tribes living on land and under the sea wage a constant war on Hatima, a powerful natural resource that causes cell regeneration and also allows humans to survive under the waves.
- Enkaï (Ng’endo Mukii – Kenya)
Enkai is just a little girl trying to keep the attention of her working single mom, but her mom’s job is more consuming than most – she’s a cosmic deity trying to save our planet.
- Moremi (Shofela Coker – Nigeria)
A sci-fi riff on a Yoruba myth, this story follows Luo, a spiritual boy lost in the realm of the gods, and Moremi, his scientist mother, who tries to bring him back to the land of the living.
- Surf Sangoma (Nthato Mokgata and Terence Neale – South Africa)
Future Durban is surrounded by a monumental wall to protect the city from colossal waves too deadly to surf, but best friends Njabulo and Mqobi dream of returning to the ocean.
- Mukudzei, a.k.a Adventures of Muku (created by Pious Nyenyewa & written by Tafadzwa Hove – Zimbabwe)
After disrespecting a sacred monument, rebel aspiring influencer Muku is cast by spirits into an alternative, utopian and futuristic Zimbabwe that has never been colonized.
- First totem problems (Tshepo Moche – South Africa)
Teenage Sheba matures and is determined to receive her digital totem, even if that means wiping out all ancestral technocracy while trying to end an old feud.
- shepherd (Raymond Malinga – Uganda)
Determined to prove himself, an unlikely young hero must single-handedly protect his tribe’s precious herd of cyborg cattle from a deadly spirit monster that threatens their entire way of life.
- You give me heart (Lesego Vorster – South Africa)
Over the next millennium, when the gods are only as powerful as their social media followers, a human person begins an impossible romance with the most worshiped goddess of all.