An Original ten-part collection of premium original films created by artists from Zimbabwe, Uganda, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, and Egypt is gearing up for a worldwide exclusive premiere on Disney+
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Inspired by Africa’s diverse histories and cultures, Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire is an animated anthology that brings together a new wave of animation stars to take you on a ride into Africa’s future. This ten-episode film is action-packed sci-fi and fantasy stories that present bold visions of advanced technology, aliens, spirits and monsters from uniquely African perspectives.
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Director of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Peter Ramsey will serve as executive producer for the anthology, with Tendayi Nyeke and Anthony Silverston as supervising producers. Triggerfish will be the lead studio for the anthology, working in collaboration with animation studios across the continent and globally.
The final 10 selected films are
Created by Ahmend Teilab (Egypt).
After receiving a blank scroll of destiny from the Oracle during her coming-of-age ceremony, Nawara, a rebellious stable girl, sets off on a perilous journey to track him down, and demand the kind of future she knows she deserves.
Mkhuzi: The Masked Racer
Created by Simangaliso ‘Panda’ Sibaya and Malcolm Wope (South Africa).
Manzo is a half-human, half-alien boy who must defeat the galaxy’s greatest and craziest racers in the Soweto Grand Prix to save his neighbourhood from destruction.
Created by Terence Maluleke and Isaac Mogajane (South Africa).
In a future Africa, tribes living on land and beneath the sea fight a constant war for Hatima, a powerful natural resource that causes cellular regeneration and also allows humans to survive beneath the waves.
Created by Ng’endo Mukii (Kenya).
Enkai is just a little girl trying to keep her working single mother’s attention, but her mom’s job is more all-consuming than most: she’s a cosmic deity trying to save our planet.
Created by Shofela Coker (Nigeria).
A sci-fi riff on a Yoruba myth, this story follows Luo, a spirit boy lost in the realm of the gods, and Moremi, his scientist mother, who is trying to return him to the land of the living.
Created by Nthato Mokgata and Terence Neale (South Africa).
Future Durban is surrounded by a monumental wall to protect the city from colossal waves too deadly to surf, but best friends Njabulo and Mqobi dream of returning to the ocean.
Mukudzei (Adventures of Muku)
Created by Pious Nyenyewa & written by Tafadzwa Hove (Zimbabwe).
After disrespecting a sacred monument, rebellious wannabe-influencer Muku is flung by the spirits into an alternate, utopian and futuristic Zimbabwe that was never colonized.
First Totem Problems
Created by Tshepo Moche (South Africa).
Teenage Sheba is coming of age and determined to receive her digital totem, even if it means taking down the whole ancestral technocracy whilst trying to end an ancient feud.
Created by Raymond Malinga (Uganda).
Determined to prove himself, an unlikely young hero must singlehandedly protect his tribe’s precious herd of cyborg cattle from a deadly spirit monster that threatens their whole way of life.
You Give Me Heart
Created by Lesego Vorster (South Africa).
In the next millennium, when the gods are only as powerful as their social media following, a human nobody strikes up an impossible romance with the most adored goddess of them all.
Stream service availability
Seeing as the platform is only available in South Africa.
it begs the question, will the service launch across major markets on the continent before it debuts or the project will have to be distributed via other platforms for access? This is still unclear.
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,” said Nyeke, supervising producer, Triggerfish.
“’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.”
This animated anthology will be released exclusively on Disney+ and its 2023 release date is yet to be confirmed.