Seed Bags and Storytelling: Modes of Living and Writing After the End in Wanuri Kahiu's Pumzi

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Abstract

This article argues that the 2010 short film Pumzi is an exploration of post-crisis, ecological rehabilitation that asks for a rethinking of narratives modes for representing climate change. Employing seeds and sowing as ecological tropes, Pumzi explores how we create and carry narrative in relation to a rapidly changing earth. Both the multi-scalar geographical expanses as well as the deep geological timelines of Anthropocene discourse mean that placing the human in relation to its post-crisis environment requires more collective notions of what narrative production and world (re-)building mean. This article argues that Pumzi cultivates a sympoietic—making together—mode of storytelling in an age of environmental crisis and planet-death as a well to both tell new stories and to think future worlds. In this way, Pumzi offers us a vision of an afrofuturist eco-ethics based in narrative practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-123
Number of pages17
JournalCritical Philosophy of Race
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • African science fiction
  • Anthropocene
  • Post-apocalyptic writing

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