To Catch A Dream is a striking new film from Kenyan multidisciplinary art collective The Nest in collaboration with their in-house fashion initiative Chico Leco. The beautiful short stars Kenyan model Ajuma Nasenyama in the lead role of a grieving widow plagued by recurring nightmares. In her quest to rid herself of the nightly terror Ajuma relies on a long forgotten urban legend which causes her to transcend the physical realm to face the ghosts of her past in the afterlife. Featuring stunning designs from eight local fashion houses, scenes from the film were shot in Magadi, Lake Naivasha as well as various locations throughout Nairobi. To Catch A Dream was written and directed by Nairobi-based visual artist Jim Chuchu–whose feature-length debut Stories of Our Lives was one of our Top Film of 2014– with creative direction by stylist Sunny Dolat. Watch the 13-minute short below. Stream and download the film’s original soundtrack, also by Chuchu, on Soundcloud and Bandcamp.
The short was written and directed by Jim Chuchu and produced by Wangechi Ngugi with creative direction and styling by Sunny Dolat.
Starring Ajuma Nasenyana, Tom Nandi, Rahel Equbay, Paynette Nyawara, Rosemary Kendi, Alex Wandia, Maureen Onyango and Nikole Warambo. Featuring designs by Namnyak Odupoy, Ami Doshi, Kepha Maina, Jamil and Azra Walji, Katungulu Mwendwa, Ann McCreath and Adèle Dejak.
Special thanks go to everyone involved in making this short come together, from the eight designers who came into our space with their minds and skill, Ajuma for trusting us and coming on-board for her first acting gig, our cast of very striking and energetic models, and all the production staff and crew.
Content Courtesy Of The Nest Collective,Okay Africa and Nairobi Fashion Hub