Breakfast in Kisumu

Rebecca Achieng Ajulu-Bushell

IndieLisboa 2020 •

United Kingdom, Kenya, South Africa, Documentary, 2019, 37′

The life of Rok Ajulu, a Kenian professor and activist, was an adventure film and a life of struggle against apartheid. His daughter pays him homage using 16mm, VHS,  DV formats to capture many of the places that turned him into a freedom fighter hero. 

These are essential conversations whose meaning is revealed over time. Stories, laughter and silences recover a relationship that life has discontinued. Meeting in Kisumu, the daughter discovers the connection between her father, with whom she never had a close relationship, and the political activist he was, and the one who determined the separation between the two. In this film, the history of Africa and that of the family merge, testifying that what separates father and daughter does not revoke the complicity of the dialogue. (Margarida Moz)