Press Release


Kenya’s first science fiction film will screen as part of the African Jubilee Film Festival.

CHICAGO – Join The Public Square and its partners for a special screening and discussion of the short film Pumzi on Sunday, August 1st from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the DuSable Museum of African American History (740 E. 56th Place, Chicago). Pumzi is a 23 minute science fiction film that depicts a dystopian Africa 35 years after the end of World War III, where nature has become extinct. The film was written and directed by Wanuri Kahiu.

The post-screening discussion will focus on African American Women and Science Fiction. Nnedi Okorafor, a Nigerian American author of science fiction novels for young adults, who will also read selections from her work.

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. For more information, visit It is part of The African Jubilee Film Festival, curated by Lynette Jackson and Floyd Webb, which runs from June 27 to December 5.

The festival is co-sponsored by portoluz, the DuSable Museum of African American History, the Departments of African American Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies at UIC, and The Public Square.

This screening is part of The Public Square’s Civic Cinema series. An exhilarating series of films, forums, and conversations, Civic Cinema uses the most exceptionally creative and engaging documentary films of our times to help communities talk about the most pressing social issues facing us.

The Public Square, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, fosters debate, dialogue, and exchange of ideas about cultural, social, and political issues with an emphasis on social justice. Programs promote participatory democracy by creating space for public conversations. More information about The Public Square is available at

 The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) is a nonprofit educational organization [501 (c) 3] dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities.  Organized in 1973 as the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the IHC creates programs and funds organizations that promote greater understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the humanities by all Illinoisans, regardless of their economic resources, cultural background, or geographic location. The IHC is supported by state, federal, and private funds.


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