About

The documentary Wind of Change (2012) brings us into the life of Kisilu Musya – a strong and caring Kenyan farmer and family man – with big dreams and visions for the family and their future. The film follows the family during the rainy season in Kenya, which unfortunately has been marked by less rain than usual the recent years. Through beautiful images and Kisilus own video diary, we are brought up close to him and his family in their efforts to overcome the challenges that arise.

Many parts of Eastern Africa had just experienced the worst drought the region has seen in over 60 years. The documentary Wind of Change gives the effect of the drought a human face, and brings us closer to the struggles that individuals need to overcome due to climate change. The film tells the story of a man and a family that continue to fight against both global and local human-induced climate change. They refuse to give up.

Director Julia Dahr had two main goals when she started to work on the film. She wanted to inspire people in the fight against climate change, and believed that to get more people committed to this fight they need to feel the challenges that climate change brings to families and individuals living in the South. She decided to make a film since it has a great possibility of awakening feelings. The other main goal was to give people a picture of the day-to-day life in Kenya so that they could see that Africa is not all about sad and hungry children and flies all over.

Wind of Change was made by Sør i fokus with support from by others Spire. Read more about the team behind Wind of Change here.

Specifications

Length: 40 minutes
Year: 2012
Format: 16:9 Widescreen, HD
Language: English and Kikamba
Subtitles: English

Reactions

It is the greatest injustice of our time and age that those who did nothing to cause climate change are first and hardest hit, whilst we who have been worst are hit last and least. In Wind of Change we see the frontlines in the battle against climate change. Julia Dahr lets us witness from close up how a poor and vulnerable Kenyan family of famers are struggling with droughts and floods. For them climate change is already a battle of life or death. Wind of Change should be a wakeup call for all.
- Jan Egeland, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs (2003-06), co-chair of the UN High Level Panel for Global Climate Services (2009-10).

 

A different, well-told and warm story about family life in Africa.
- Jury’s comment, Nordic Docs 2013. Wind of Change won the Best Documentary Award.

 

The highlight of this film is the very expressive nature of its images. A female photographer, who has unique and delicate emotions and feelings, spreads optimistic message to people stricken by poverty, through the description and capture of environment and characters.
- Jury’s comment, Gold Panda Awards for Documentary 2013. Wind of Change won the award for Best Photography.

 

A moving portrayal of an individual family and its effort to cope with climate change showcases human resilience in the face of uncertainty.
- Jury’s comment, CSM Vatavaran - Environment and Wildlife Film Festival 2014. Wind of Change won the award for Best Film.

Sør i fokus

Wind of Change is a Sør i fokus production. Sør i fokus is a Norwegian organization specializing in producing documentary film and photography from the Global South and the developing world.