Kenya’s com­ing-of-age tale

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With our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and its prob­lems con­stantly mak­ing head­lines, drama se­ries based on this fraught ter­rain have been pop­u­lar. Take Yizo Yizo, for in­stance.

Now, SABC2’s new show Mamello, which means re­silience, fo­cuses on two teach­ers, Keneilwe (Tsholo Com­ing of Age ED (DStv chan­nel 190) Thurs­day, 7.55pm #Trend­ing has said it once, and we’ll say it again: ED is the most valu­able chan­nel on DStv right now. Why? Be­cause it screens su­perb, award­win­ning doc­u­men­taries that view­ers would never or­di­nar­ily get to see, and the ma­jor­ity of them are African.

view­ing. The latest is Com­ing of Age, a 2007 Kenyan doc­u­men­tary by award­win­ning film maker Judy Kibinge.

It shows “the quirky op­ti­mism that came with in­de­pen­dence from colo­nial­ism, then the dark days as an ado­les­cent un­der dic­ta­tor­ship, and now the new prom­ise of mul­ti­party democ­racy”.

This is com­pul­sory – Grethe Koen

VIS­UAL Kenya’s award-win­ning

film maker Judy Kibinge

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