Letter (The)

Letter (The) - [Lettre (La)]
Genre : Drama
Type : Documentary
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2019
Format : Short
Running time : 81 (in minutes)

When Karisa's grandmother is accused of witchcraft, he travels from Mombasa to her rural home to find out who's behind it. It turns out that the threatening letter his grandmother received came from a member of his own family. Karisa's conversations with his relatives reveal how his uncles are accusing grandma while his aunts are trying to protect her, and how the accusations result from a combination of superstition and economic motives. Grandma is not the only one being targeted-hundreds of elders are being branded as witches as a means to steal their land.

Director: Maia Lekow
Screenplay: Ricardo Acosta, Christopher King, and Maia Lekow
Cinematography: Christopher King
Editor: Ricardo Acosta

Film by Maia Lekow selected for Luxor African Film Festival 2021


  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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