• Binti
Genre : Drama
Type : Fiction
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2021
Format : Feature
Running time : 99 (in minutes)

A film by Darragh CAREY, Bertrand DESROCHERS

starring Lily Newmark, Ola Orebeyi, Jaime Winstone, Craige Middleburg

UK / Québec (Canada) / Ireland / Germany, 2021, Drama - 1h 16m, Romance / Thriller / Youth

First feature

Language: English
Countries: United Kingdom / Québec (Canada) / Ireland / Germany
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 76 mins
Camera: Arri Alexa
Lenses: Cooke Xtal Express
Format: DCP
Sound: Dolby 5.1
Aspect ratio: 2.39 : 1

Executive Producers:
Dennis Gyamfi
Merlin Merton
Jakob Preischl
Philipp Ramhofer
Sebastian Cordes
Guy Weston

Beau Rambaut
Rupert Baynham

Darragh Carey
Bertrand Desrochers

Rupert Baynham
Darragh Carey
Chi Mai
Production Designer: Shalini Adnani
Casting Director: Lucy Rands
Cinematographer: Kristof Brandl
Costume Designer: Tvin Alyanakyan
Sound Mixer: Len Usselman
Editor: Derek Holland
Post Sound: Screen Scene Ltd
Colourist: Simon Boissonneaux

Ola OREBIYI....................... Benji
Lily NEWMARK.................... Leah
Jaime WINSTONE................ Tilda
Craige MIDDLEBURG........... Archie
Barney HARRIS.................. Charles
Michael Maloney.................
Dexter Padmore.................
Rose Kerr..........................

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2021 / 42nd DIFF - Durban International Film festival - DURBAN, South Africa - From 22 July-1 August 2021.
* Selection

A meditation on contemporary African womanhood unfolding in four chapters, BINTI (Swahili for "young woman") tells the intertwined tales of four women living in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. We enter the story through Tumaini (Bertha Robert), a fledgling small-business entrepreneur whose traumatic past collides with her present reality when an ill-advised scheme to keep her company afloat goes awry. Enter Angel (Maggie Munisi), an alluring beauty with a fairytale existence that is slowly revealed to be rotting at its core. She must find the strength to not only survive but to reclaim her life. Stella (Helen Hartmann) is a beautiful and easy-going young woman who seems to have it all, everything besides the one thing she desperately desires. Rose (Godliver Gordian) rounds out the four chapters as she navigates the complexities of motherhood and great expectations.
With an all-woman filmmaking team led by Tanzanian director Seko Shamte (HOMECOMING, MKWAWA), BINTI pays tribute to the perseverance of women in Tanzania and across the world.

A film by Seko SHAMTE

starring Bertha Robert, Maggie Munisi, Helen Hartmann, Godliver Gordian

Tanzania, 2021, Feature - 1h 39m

Languages: English, Swahili
Countries: Tanzania, United Kingdom

Seko Shamte

Seko Shamte

Tumaini (Bertha Robert)
Angel (Maggie Munisi)
Stella (Helen Hartmann)
Rose (Godliver Gordian)

Production company
Alkemist Media

2021 / 42nd DIFF - Durban International Film festival - DURBAN, South Africa - From 22 July-1 August 2021.
* Selection


  • 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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