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Rhi. ([personal profile] rhivolution) wrote2013-06-10 10:31 pm

VID: Fire and Water (Pumzi, gen, Teen)

Let's not talk about how I'm posting this Festivid five months after the original reveal and two weeks after it played at [community profile] wiscon_vidparty (thanks to [personal profile] chaila, okay? Okay.

Title: Fire and Water
Vidder: Rhi ([personal profile] rhivolution/[livejournal.com profile] rhipowered)
Fandom: Pumzi (2009)
Music: Aṣa, "Fire on the Mountain"
Warnings: minor incident of police brutality
Length: 2:50
Summary: One day the river will overflow (and there'll be nowhere for us to go).
Notes: Made in Final Cut Essentials with the help of VisualHub, for [personal profile] livrelibre in Festivids 2012. Many thanks to her for providing source material, as it's not available here in the UK for reasons only Focus Features know.

Source Material: Pumzi (2009), directed by Wanuri Kahio. "Fire on the Mountain" (2007), written and performed by Aṣa.

Download: Mediafire (MOV, 52.5 mb) |Mediafire (MP4, 10.4 mb) | AVI and subtitles by request


Streaming Without Subtitles:

Fire and Water from Rhi on Vimeo.



Password: rhicake

Lyrics (as in vid):
There is fire on the mountain
And nobody seems to be on the run
Oh, there is fire on the mountain top
And no one is a-running

I wake up in the morning
Tell you what I see on my TV screen
I see the blood of an innocent child
And everybody's watching

Now, I'm looking out my window
And what do I see?
I see an army of soldiers that're marching
Across the street

Hey Mr. Soldier Man
Tomorrow is the day that you go to war
But you are fighting for another man's cause
And you don't even know him

What did they say to make you so blind
To your conscience and reason
Could it be love for your country
Or for the gun you use in killing...

So there is fire on the mountain
And there is nobody (nobody seems to be on the run)
Oh there is fire on the mountain top
And no one is a-running
Oh yes

One day the river will overflow
And there'll be nowhere for us to go
And we will run, run
Wishing we had put out the fire
Oh

For there is fire on the mountain
And there is nobody (nobody seems to be on the run)
Oh there is fire on the mountain (there is fire on the mountain top)
And no one is a-running
Oh yeah

For there is fire on the mountain
Fire in Africa
(And nobody seems to be on the run)
Everywhere, can't you see yeah
(Fire on the mountain top)
No one is a-running

Fire on the mountain
Fire fire fire, yeah
chaila: Diana SWORDFIGHTING in a BALLGOWN. (never let me go - boat)

[personal profile] chaila 2013-06-17 12:26 am (UTC)(link)
Yay, I love this, and I think it definitely got some more people interested in the film. :)
blacksquirrel: (#1 Ladies' Detective Agency)

Yay! and a Request

[personal profile] blacksquirrel 2015-07-22 10:27 am (UTC)(link)
Hey - I'm not sure of the best way to get in contact with you, so apologies for the deluge - I've dropped you a note on LJ and by email as well.

I really enjoyed this vid and, as I haven't seen the movie, I found it an accessible window into the story. It's always wonderful how Festivids introduces fandom to so many new stories, and I'm glad you shared this one.

I was also hoping to include this vid in a vidshow I'm organizing at the University of Hawai'i this fall for the conference "Creating Futures Rooted in Wonder: Bridges between Indigenous, Science Fiction, and Fairy Tale Studies." I think the film and your vid do an excellent job of bridging indigenous storytelling, science fiction, and the future, and I would like your permission to include it in my vidshow.

A little about me - I'm a fan and academic - I've been in fandom since about 1994, and started publishing on fandom in 2003. I'm about to start a new job in the media studies department at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, and in the past I've taught in departments of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. I specialize in queer theory, fan cultures, and transmedia. You can find me by this name on twitter, LJ, DW, and Ao3.

Let me know if you want any more info about me or the event! Thanks!