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An omnibus film featuring works by emerging directors of colour, Who Will Start Another Fire is the inaugural project of Dedza Films, a distribution initiative, spearheaded by Malawian-American filmmaker Kate Gondwe, focused on showcasing underrepresented communities and the next wave of international moving-image storytellers. Titled after a question posed in Malawian poet Jack Mapanje’s Before Chilembwe Tree (1981)—but sans question mark, so as to propose an answer—this curated collection of nine shorts spans five countries and includes acclaimed festival selections from a talented and diverse roster of rising BIPOC filmmakers. Among its urgent, eclectic stories: a Chinese-American girl navigates a messy childhood in L.A.; a Nigerian boy is confronted with the traumas of his father’s generation; an Israeli-Palestinian lesbian couple in Tel Aviv contend with the transgression of their relationship; a trans woman returns home to discover her neighbourhood gentrified and hauntingly unrecognizable; and a young African-American man (Patrick Decile, Moonlight) struggles to define his Blackness against accusations of not being Black enough.


1. Like Flying, Peier Tracy Shen, USA 2020. 15 min.

2. Family Tree, Nicole Amani Magabo Kiggundu, Uganda 2020. 17 min.

3. Troublemaker, Olive Nwosu, Nigeria 2019. 11 min.

4. Polygraph, Samira Saraya, Israel 2020. 20 min.

5. The Lights Are On, No One’s Home, Faye Ruiz, USA 2020. 10 min.

6. By Way of Canarsie, Emily Packer, Lesley Steele, USA 2020. 14 min.

7. The Rose of Manila, Alex Westfall, Philippines 2020. 12 min.

8. Slip, Nicole Otero, USA 2019. 11 min.

9. Not Black Enough, Jermaine Manigault, USA 2020. 19 min.

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    130 minutes
  • Country
    United States, Israel, Nigeria, Philippines, Uganda
  • Director
    Peier Tracy Shen, Nicole Amani Magabo Kiggundu, Olive Nwosu, Samira Saraya, Faye Ruiz, Lesley Steele & Emily Packer, Alex Westfall, Nicole Otero, and Jermaine Manigault