Catalogue Impact Days
By Meena Nanji, Zippy Kimundu, Meena Nanji and Zippy Kimundu

Our Land, Our Freedom

Testament
Testament

Wanjugu Kimathi is the daughter of Dedan Kimathi, legendary leader of the Kenyan Land and Freedom Army, or Mau Mau. This resistance group fought the British colonial regime from 1952 to 1960 to stop it from confiscating land, a conflict known as the Mau Mau Rebellion. In 1957, the British authorities hanged Dedan for possession of firearms, and then dumped his body at an unknown location. Dedan’s daughter Wanjugu follows in her mother’s footsteps and continues the search for his remains. Along the way, she meets Mau Mau veterans, families of others who lost their land, and inspiring activists. She also discovers new atrocities and mass graves that the British would rather have remained secret. While carrying on her day job as a receptionist at an airport, Wanjugu attracted huge numbers of followers and she now poses a threat to the businesses and prominent political figures who are today still profiting from the policies of the former British regime. Our Land, Our Freedom is her story, a painful but also hopeful chapter in postcolonial history.

Sections : Impact Days, Impact Days
Country : Kenya
Original languages : Swahili, English
Directors
Meena Nanji
Zippy Kimundu
Meena Nanji (Kenya)
Zippy Kimundu (Kenya)
Producers
Eliane Ferreira
Eliane Ferreira (Brazil)
Meena Nanji (Kenya)
Zippy Kimundu (Kenya)
Twende Pictures
Afrofilms International
Muiraquitã Filmes
Completion
2023
Impact Statement
This film is essential for audiences in Kenya, Africa, and former British and European colonies. Targeting landless East Africans and displaced communities, it's also crucial for Kenyan policymakers in Education, History, and Land Management, as well as lawyers, scholars, and advocates in post/colonialism and indigenous rights. The film advocates documenting freedom fighters' stories in curricula, acknowledging concentration camps, and supporting survivors. It calls for land restitution for the dispossessed and assistance for freedom fighters’ families through healthcare and housing. This influential film aims to educate and motivate action against historical injustices.

Impact Goals
  1. To transform the historical narrative of Kenya’s colonial era from British-authored accounts to Kenyan perspectives.
  2. To encourage land resettlement for freedom fighters who lost land during the colonial era.
  3. To achieve official state recognition of the British concentration camps and mass grave sites around the country.
  4. To ensure pensions, free medical care and trauma support for freedom fighters and their families.
  5. To shift the current history curriculum in schools into one that places the Kenyan perspective at its centre.
Impact Strategy
  • Partner with the Education Ministry and educational curriculum-makers.
  • Find professionals to create an in-depth educational study guide to accompany the film.
  • Find support for Mau Mau land resettlement initiatives.
  • Find policymakers to establish benefits for freedom fighters and their families.
  • Launch a social media grassroots campaign to mark mass graves and concentration camp sites.
  • Screenings to NGOs and other stakeholders.
  • Unconventional distribution based on impact campaign using social media.
  • Partner with forensic experts and human rights activists to exhume mass graves.
  • Partner with the U.K. government and international lobby groups to identify mass graves.
Contact
Primary contact
Eliane Ferreira (Brazil): eliane@muiraquitafilmes.com
Participants present at the Impact Days
Eliane Ferreira (Brazil)
Meena Nanji (Kenya)
Zippy Kimundu (Kenya)

Funders
HotDocs BIG
IDFA Bertha Fund
IDFA Enterprise
Docubox Kenya
Chicken & Egg Accelerator
JustFilms / Ford Foundation

Funders
HotDocs BIG
IDFA Bertha Fund
IDFA Enterprise
Docubox Kenya
Chicken & Egg Accelerator
JustFilms / Ford Foundation