Subira

Subira

Subira

Still from the film Subira

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Subira is a new film set in the tightly-knit traditional community on the island of Lamu in eastern Kenya.

It looks at the lives of girls and young women and follows the experience of a strong-willed 11-year-old girl as she grows up there.

At first she's shown as a loveable but rather naughty child but as she grows older, and is obliged to wear Islamic clothes, older women criticise her for failing to conform to a traditional female role.

The film was written and directed by Indian film maker, Ravneet Chadha, who lives in Kenya.

Duncan Bartlett met her when the film was screened at the African Film Festival in the Belgian capital, Brussels.

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