From Paul Nicholls’ Royal Re-Formation to Kibwe Tavares’ Robots of Brixton, Factory Fifteen‘s work has been frequently featured in this blog. Now, it is Jonah, Tavares’ latest short film which appeared in the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, to have its 17:42 minutes of fame! Set in Zanzibar, this short film, which questions the implications of unprecedent economic growth in a small fishing community, is a re-telling of an old myth. The visual effects used in the film are absolutely stunning! Also, one may even notice a visual reference to Fernando Meirelles’ Cidade de Deus (english: City of God), a popular 2002 Brazilian film!
Mbwana and his best friend Juma are two young men with big dreams. These dreams become reality when they photograph a gigantic fish leaping out of the sea and their small town blossoms into a tourist hot-spot as a result. But for Mbwana, the reality isn’t what he dreamed – and when he meets the fish again, both of them forgotten, ruined and old, he decides only one of them can survive. Jonah is a big fish story about the old and the new, and the links and the distances between them. A visual feast, shot though with humour and warmth, it tells an old story in a completely new way.
Update: For those interested, you can also have a look at the Making of. It will blow your mind!