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.
Tanzania, United Kingdom