The Letter – Online Watch Party + Live Director Q&A (UK Premiere)

The Letter – Online Watch Party + Live Director Q&A (UK Premiere)

Wednesday 4 November  | 17:00 | BFI Player & Facebook


Dirs. Maia Lekow, Christopher King

Kenya. 2019. 81 mins. 

English, Swahili with English subtitles.

When Karisa receives a letter from relatives alerting him of accusations of witchcraft levelled against his grandmother, he rushes back home. And so this richly layered documentary unfolds, exposing tensions caused by a volatile mix of  Christianity, consumerism, and misogyny. Young Kenyan men accuse their female elders of witchcraft to steal their land, begrudge them for their property because they are women.  The Letter investigates the colonial triggers and the lingering structural injustices that give life to this unfortunate phenomenon.

If you can’t make the socially-distanced screening of The Letter at Rich Mix on 3 November, join our Online Watch Party.

Watch the film with your friends and family on BFI Player at 5pm and then join the Live Director’s Q&A live-streamed (BSL interpreted) at 6.30pm on our Facebook page. Put your questions to the Director on the Facebook live-stream chat.

BFI Player offer a free 14-day trial, so you can watch the Film Africa 2020 films for free and then decide whether to keep enjoying their selection of films.




Maia Lekow & Christopher King

Maia Lekow (Kenyan) and Chris King (Australian living in Kenya for 13 years) are an award winning, wife-and-husband film & music making team. Their feature-documentary debut, The Letter was filmed over 6 years at the coast of Kenya, premiered at IDFA 2019, and was supported by Sundance DFP, IDFA Bertha Fund, Hot Docs Blue Ice Fund and Docubox East African Documentary Fund.