Part of the Film Africa 2020 Doc Shorts programme

Monday 2 November | 18:30 | Rich Mix, Screen 1


Dir. Rebecca Achieng Ajulu-Bushell

UK, Kenya, South Africa. 2019. 37 mins. English.

Shot across 16mm, VHS, DV, and Digital, Breakfast in Kisumu is a personal homage to the 20-year journey of renowned professor and political activist Rok Ajulu. Filmed across six countries between Europe and Africa, with a proxy-archival quality, it follows Rok’s account of his struggles as an exiled freedom fighter of the post-colonial, apartheid era. In conversation with his daughter, he tells of his numerous deportations, prison sentences, and academic career. As Rok recounts the collapse of the apartheid regime, Breakfast in Kisumu shows us a homecoming: his journey back to Africa for the transition of the African National Congress (ANC) from a liberation movement into a governing party, his marriage into the Sisulu Family, and the continental significance of 1994. 

Film Africa Doc Shorts programme
A selection documentary shorts exploring migration and exile, mental health and family histories, among other themes. With a pre-recorded intro from Film Africa programmer Katarina Hedrén.

Director Rebecca Achieng Ajulu Bushell headshot

Rebecca Achieng Ajulu Bushell
Rebecca is an ex-international athlete, she swam for both Great Britain (GBR) and Kenya over a 10-year career, quitting the 2012 GBR Olympic Team to attend the University of Oxford. Her work now is mostly concerned with Decoloniality through storytelling; her debut documentary, Breakfast in Kisumu (2019), was nominated at Encounters, IDFA, and IndieLisboa film festivals. Her short film work is more experimental, It’s Not Us (2020) and No Justice No Peace (2015) explore the internet language of Blackness through the discourse of the BLM movement.