YELLOW FEVER (7', UK, 2012)

Screening: Th, 12 Dec., Studio Cinema, 6:00pm

Awarded the Ecumenical Jury Special Mention in Oberhausen 2013, YELLOW FEVER mixes different media to bring to attention notions of race, self-image and self-worth. Trying to fit the mould imposed by western standards of beauty, African women attempt to erase their individuality by bleaching their skin and braiding artificial hair into their own. Animation and documentary blend with a battle-like choreography that envisions the struggle with one’s own reflection. Images of the great Savannah, projected on the dancers’ bodies are a reminder of the heritage interwoven in these women’s very skin, exposing the pursuit of a globalized standard of beauty as a negation of personal identity. (Diana Mereoiu, BIEFF 2013)


With the support of:



Cinematography: Alex MacNaughton

Editing: Ng’endo Mukii

Music: Kadialy Kouyate

Animation: Ng’endo Mukii

Sound: Ng’endo Mukii, James Hynes


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Ng’endo Mukii




NG’ENDO MUKII is an award-winning Kenyan filmmaker whose work ranges from animations to documentaries. She has led a reclusive life on the green highlands of Kenya. Receiving her primary education under the instruction of Catholic nuns, she left her home to further her education in the UK and the USA. Today she can be found armed with a pressure sensitive stylus, and a macro lens. Dividing her time between Nairobi and Tsavo, MUKII works internationally as a freelance animator and editor.



Ecumenical Jury Special Mention - Oberhausen International Short Film Festival 2013

São Paulo International Short Film Festival 2013

Chicago International Film Festival 2013

Ottawa International Animation Festival 2013


“I am interested in the concept of skin and race, and what they imply; in the ideas and theories sown into our flesh that change with the arc of time. In my film, I focus on African women’s self-image, through memories and interviews; using mixed media to describe our almost schizophrenic pursuit of globalized beauty. The issue of hair and skin, both politically and physically was crucial to YELLOW FEVER. It speaks towards a larger social landscape, with these issues projected onto the physicality of the body. The hand-drawn animated sequences created a separate space, in which I could explore memory and documentary content as personal historical facts. The fact that the interviews were with my family, especially my niece, justified the use of animation for me, as I felt their image as captured by a camera would be somehow too explicit. It also means that my niece sitting on the floor watching TV, can represent any little girl exposed to media and dealing with the images she is receiving. I wanted the interviews to be symbolic of a general condition and not just specific to the person being interviewed.” (NG’ENDO MUKII)

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