Grand Voyage with Africa

Two artists; one living in Nara, Japan and the other in Nairobi, Kenya, make music together while exploring the similarities and differences in their creative lives.

World Premiere
  • Director:Lydia Matata
  • Kenya, Japan
  • 2022
  • 12min.
  • color
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  • English, Japanese
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Housai Beats and wvst3dfing3rz are musicians from two different countries and cultures, but their stories and their creative tastes intertwine in many ways. I believe this exploration of their lives shows how young creatives from all over the world are fueled with the same passion for their art, while overcoming similar struggles such as self-doubt and lack of financial resources.
Lydia Matata

Lydia Matata’s is one of the writers on two series: Igiza currenly streaming on Showmax and Country Queen on Netflix. Her films include Sungura, which recently won the Best Extended Cinema Award at the Malatesta Short Film Festival and Utapata Mwingine, winner of the Best Emerging Filmmaker Award at the UN Women’s Global Voices Film Festival. She is also one of 10 laureates of the UNESCO Nara International Film Festival film residency.

Recommendations from the NIFF Supporters

The artist was the only one of the participating members who started contacting the subjects of the film before coming to Japan. Once completed, he returned to Kenya and brushed up his work, which turned out to be different. The cut of the footage is unique, and this is a collaborative work between Japan and Kenya born from Grand Voyage.

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