The Letter


by Maia Lekow & Christopher King
Kenya | 2019 | 81 min | OV with Engl. Subs


Nearly 100 years old, Margaret Kamango is a gentle, ironic woman – and is threatened with death. When a Facebook message is leaked to her grandson Karisa, who lives in Mombasa, accusing his grandmother of witchcraft, he decides to return to his home village to get to the bottom of it. During the research, it comes to light that his grandmother is not the only one branded as a witch … Without prejudice, the two directors Maia Lekow and Christopher King deal with the phenomenon of witchcraft in today’s Kenya and draw a portrait of a society undergoing radical change.

Recommended for young people 14 years and older.

Maia Lekow is a Kenyan filmmaker and musician. Since founding Circle and Square Productions in 2009, Maia has worked as a director, producer and sound engineer for various film and music projects. She has performed on stages around the world and continues to compose music for films. She received an African Movie Academy Award for her song Uko Wapi and was named an ambassador for UNHCR on World Refugee Day 2013.

Chris King is an award-winning filmmaker based in Nairobi, Kenya. Born in Australia, he studied at the University of Melbourne’s School of Creative Arts before moving to Kenya in 2007, where he worked as a cinematographer, editor, animator, director and producer on short films, feature films (fiction and nonfiction) and music videos. In 2009, Chris co-founded Circle and Square Productions with his wife Maia, and in the same year received an African Movie Academy Award in the editing category for his work on the Kenyan feature film From a Whisper. THE LETTER is Maia and Chris’ first documentary film.