Subira – Kenya

Feature Film

  • Date: Saturday – 16th March 2019
  • Time: 19:35
  • Venue: Uganda Museum – Gardens (Drive-in)
  • Runtime: 99 min
  • Director: Ravneet Sippy Chadha

Raised in a traditional Muslim community in the remote island of Lamu, Kenya, Subira’s overbearing mother wants her to follow tradition, learn household chores and aim to be a good housewife, just like all the rest in her society. Only her liberal father believes that she is meant for greater things.

He is killed in a boat accident, throwing Subira’s life in a tumult. Upon coming of age, she is married off to an upper-class Nairobi family. Will she have the courage and inner strength to take on her dreams?

This searing family drama vividly captures the paradox of modernity versus tradition.


The Amakula International Film Festival is presented by
Bayimba Cultural Foundation in partnership with The DOEN Foundation, Africalia, Kampala Film School and the Uganda Museum.