KIZAZI MOTO: GENERATION FIRE

February 16, 2024, 3:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Outside the Box [Office] and Disney+ invite you and a guest to attend
 

A Special Screening of Three Episodes from the
Annie Award-Nominated Disney+ Original Series

KIZAZI MOTO: GENERATION FIRE


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Screenings from this African Sci-Fi Anthology will include:

Enkai (12 min.)
You Give Me Heart (12 min.)
Moremi (13 min.)


Followed by a Q&A with the Filmmakers,
alongside Executive Producers Tendayi Nyeke & Anthony Silverston

3:00 P.M. on Friday, February 16th, 2024

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. RSVP REQUIRED.
 

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About Enkai

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Origin: Kenya | Languages: English, Swahili

Floating through the universe in her gourd-shaped home, young Enkai just wants to spend time with her single mother, Shiro, a cosmic deity who works all the time in the stressful and demanding job of saving the Earth from man-made destruction. With Shiro’s health fading, Enkai must uncover the secrets of creation, and use her own divine powers to bring an entirely new future into being.

Directed by Ng’endo Mukii (She/Her)

Ng'endo Mukii is an award-winning film director most well known for ‘Yellow Fever,’ her documentary-animation exploring Western influences on African women's ideals of beauty.

At the prestigious Design Indaba conference she presented her talk, ‘Film Taxidermy and Re-Animation,’ proposing the use of animation as a means of rehumanizing the ‘indigenous’ image; a people whose ‘real’ image is burdened with stereotypes of being the ‘Other.’

Ng’endo is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and holds a Master of Arts in Animation from the Royal College of Art. She is an alumni of the beautiful Berlinale Talents, the distinguished Urucu Media REALNESS Screenwriter’s Residency, and the incredible Goethe InstituteBahia Vila Sul artists’ residency.

She is a Professor of the Practice at SMFA at TUFTS University in Boston, a writer on Netflix's first African animated series, Supa Team 4. She is the writer-director of Enkai, an episode on the Disney+ animated anthology, Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire.

About You Give Me Heart

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Origin: South Africa | Language: English

In an opulent world where power is dictated by social media adoration, struggling artist Sundiata joins a talent competition in a desperate attempt to be seen and impress the most popular of them all: Maadi. Sundiata wins by a fluke, shocking the world but as he ascends, he will discover what it means to be worshipped by the masses, and who Maadi really is behind her facade.

Directed by Lesego Vorster (He/Him)

Lesego Vorster was born and raised in Diepkloof, Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa. As a graduate of Fine Arts from Witwatersrand and a Masters at Gobelins l’ecole de l’image in Paris, France, his was a traditional approach to the education of art and animated film-making.

His company, The Hidden Hand Studios, focuses on high-end animation with a strong focus on African 2D aesthetics. Furthermore, he was instrumental in starting up the fast-growing animation internship at Tshimologong Precinct in Brammfontein, Johannesburg, which is now in its fifth successful year.

He just completed directing his short film with Disney+ as part of an African anthology that aired earlier in the year. His biggest aim is to establish Authentic African Aesthetics as an aesthetic which can compete with the best in the world.

About Moremi

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Origin: Nigeria | Languages: English, Yoruba

Lonely spirit boy Luo is trapped in the realm of the gods and haunted by terrifying giants, until he is suddenly rescued by Moremi, a daring scientist from future Nigeria. With the giants in hot pursuit, they escape across the country and head for the sanctuary of Moremi’s lab. As Moremi helps Luo connect with his lost memories she reveals the truth of the terrible sacrifice that was once made to save their people.

Directed by Shofela Coker (He/Him)

Shof is a Nigerian illustrator and director. In the past, he has worked as an art director and character designer for several studios. He co-created and illustrated New Masters, an Africanfuturist graphic novel in 2022. His animated works include such projects as the animated documentary, Liyana and the Disney+ short film, Moremi. Shof’s primary influence comes from a love of Yoruba mythology, sculpture, and the printmaking craft of Southwestern Nigeria.

About Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire


“Kizazi Moto” derives from the Swahili phrase “kizazi cha moto” which literally translates as “generation of fire”, capturing the passion, innovation, and excitement this new cohort of African filmmakers is ready to bring to the world. “Moto” also means fire in several other African languages, from Rwanda’s Kinyarwanda to Shona, a Zimbabwean language, speaking to the pan-African nature of the anthology.

Series Synopsis:

This action-packed animated sci-fi anthology presents ten futuristic visions from Africa inspired by the continent’s diverse histories and cultures. Executive produced by Oscar®-winning director Peter Ramsey, these ten short films made by a new generation of animation creators draw on uniquely African perspectives to imagine brave new worlds of advanced technology, aliens, spirits, and monsters. This is Africa as you’ve never seen it before.

Development:

More than 70 leading directors and creators across the continent were invited to pitch their ideas. 30 were shortlisted and 15 selected for further development.

This development stage was a culmination of a multi-year research phase that included input and guidance from Ghanian comic book blogger Kadi Tay, award-winning Congolese animation supervisor Sidney Kimbo-Kintombo (Avengers: Endgame) and Namibian-South African producer Bridget Pickering (Hotel Rwanda).

The process was curated and produced by the team at Triggerfish, including supervising producer Tendayi Nyeke and head of development Anthony Silverston.

The development projects were mentored by Academy Award®-winning director Peter Ramsey and the creative teams from Triggerfish and Disney.

Production:

Ten projects were greenlit for production. Each film is roughly ten minutes long, and together comprise a feature-length anthology of original animation.

Peter Ramsey serves as executive producer for the anthology, along with Tendayi Nyeke and Anthony Silverston from Triggerfish Animation. Triggerfish is the lead studio for the anthology, working in collaboration with animation studios across the continent and globally.

The films premiered exclusively on Disney+ around the world in 2023.

ANNIE AWARD NOMINATIONS

Best Limited Series
Episode/Film – Enkai
Director – Ng'endo Mukii
Production Companies - Triggerfish Animation Studio & Blink Industries

Best FX
Episode/Film – Moremi
Director – Shofela Coker
Nominees - Matthew Dunwoody, Dmitry Sarkisov, Podchasa Yuri Anatolyevich, Richard Bothma, Emile Van Straaten
Production Companies - Triggerfish Animation Studio & Lucan Studio

Best Character Animation
Episodes/Films - Moremi / Surf Sangoma / Stardust
Nominee - Andre de Villiers

Production Companies - Triggerfish Animation Studio, Lucan Studio, Motif Studios & Chocolate Tribe: VFX | Animation Studio

Best Character Design
Episode/Film - You Give Me Heart
Director & Nominee - Lesego Vorster
Production Companies - Triggerfish Animation Studio & Portfolio Entertainment

Best Direction
Episode/Film - Moremi
Director – Shofela Coker
Nominees – Shofela Coker & Andrew McNally
Production Companies – Triggerfish Animation Studio & Lucan Studio

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Check-In & Reservations


This screening is free of charge and open to the public. A reservation confirmation will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 2:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.

Accessibility Needs


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Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu