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Department of Social Anthropology


CUSAS - Film Screening: Atieno (2018) dir. Dream Girls

To celebrate the unrecognised work of Black filmmakers, we’re bringing you a screening of Atieno (2018)

‘Atieno is a collaborative fiction film scripted, acted and directed by DreamGirls, a group of adolescent girls and young women from Nairobi and Kisumu. The film tells of Atieno, a 16 year old girl from a sleepy fishing village. Family circumstances force her to go work for her aunt Bertha in Nairobi and send money home. In Nairobi, Atieno discovers that the job aunt Bertha has for her is working at a bar, where she gets harassed by the clients. She has a big fight with Bertha and moves out. She eventually does odd jobs for a living before she sets up a small business with her friends. The film is used by the organisation Community Media Trust as an educational outreach tool to facilitate discussions about HIV, transactional sex and entrepreneurship. With the help of a facilitation guide, the audience is asked to discuss the film's open ended finale and to imagine how the characters will develop’ - taken from the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Join us for what will be an interesting and thought-provoking screening and following discussion on the themes brought about by the film, and also the wider issues within ethnographic filmmaking. We will be using the facilitation guide provided by the RAI ( to lead the discussion.


Please register for this event:

Thursday, 12 November, 2020 - 17:00 to 18:15
Event location: 
Online - by email invitation