Disney+ is set to release an original ten-part collection of premium films titled Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire that will take audiences on a thrilling and imaginative ride into Africa’s future. This animated anthology brings together an exciting new wave of animation stars from Zimbabwe, Uganda, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, and Egypt to present bold visions of advanced technology, aliens, spirits, and monsters imagined from uniquely African perspectives.
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The films in the anthology will run the gamut when it comes to science fiction, touching on other worlds, time travel, and alien beings, but all of these genre conventions are seen through an African lens that makes them totally new. The anthology is executive produced by Oscar-winning director Peter Ramsey, with Tendayi Nyeke and Anthony Silverston serving as supervising producers. The lead studio for the anthology is Triggerfish, working in collaboration with animation studios across the continent and globally.
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“We are bringing the work of a visionary new generation of African filmmakers to Disney+. In addition to delivering thrilling animation for fans of all ages, this collection of ten original films taps into the Afrofuturism phenomenon which was turbo-charged by Marvel’s Black Panther and reflects Disney’s ongoing commitment to partnering with leading global talent to tell the stories of the world from fresh and authentic points of view.”Michael Paull, President, Disney+ and ESPN+, The Walt Disney Company
“’Kizazi Moto’ derives from the Swahili phrase ‘kizazi cha moto’ which literally translates as ‘fire generation’, capturing the passion, innovation and excitement this new cohort of African filmmakers is ready to bring to the world. ‘Moto’ also means fire in several other African languages, from Rwanda’s Kinyarwanda to Shona, a Zimbabwean language, speaking to the pan-African spirit we hope this anthology embodies.”Tendayi Nyeke, Supervising Producer, Triggerfish
“I’m really pleased to part of a ground-breaking, fresh and exciting project that’s aimed at exposing the world to a whole new wave of creativity and invention from a place that is just ready to explode onto the world animation scene. The films in the anthology kind of run the gamut when it comes to science fiction. There are stories that touch on other worlds, time travel, and alien beings, but all of these genre conventions are seen through an African lens that makes them totally new. I can’t wait for people to have their minds blown and say ‘I want more!’”Peter Ramsey, Executive Producer
About the Development & Production of Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire
More than 70 leading directors and creators across the continent were invited to pitch their ideas, after a multi-year research phase that included input from Ghanian comic book blogger Kadi Tay, award-winning Congolese animation supervisor Sidney Kimbo-Kintombo (Avengers: Endgame) and Namibian-South African producer Bridget Pickering (Hotel Rwanda).
The process was curated and produced by the team at Triggerfish, including Supervising Producer Tendayi Nyeke, Head of Development Anthony Silverston and Kevin Kriedemann, who proposed the initial idea for the anthology. 15 shortlisted projects were mentored by Academy Award®-winning director Peter Ramsey and the creative teams from Triggerfish and Disney.
The final 10 films are from Ahmed Teilab (Egypt), Simangaliso ‘Panda’ Sibaya and Malcolm Wope (South Africa), Terence Maluleke and Isaac Mogajane (South Africa), Ng’endo Mukii (Kenya), Shofela Coker (Nigeria), Nthato Mokgata and Terence Neale (South Africa), Pious Nyenyewa and Tafadzwa Hove (Zimbabwe), Tshepo Moche (South Africa), Raymond Malinga (Uganda) and Lesego Vorster (South Africa). Each film will be roughly ten minutes long, and together will comprise a feature-length anthology of original animation that will be released as a Disney+ Original across the globe.
Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire is set to premiere on Disney+ in 2023.
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Source: Disney+ ZA