Shot across 16mm, VHS, DV, and Digital, Breakfast in Kisumu is a personal homage to the 20-year journey of renowned professor and political activist Rok Ajulu. Filmed across six countries between Europe and Africa, with a proxy-archival quality, it follows Rok’s account of his struggles as an exiled freedom fighter of the post-colonial, apartheid era.
In conversation with his daughter, he tells of his numerous deportations, prison sentences, and academic career. As Rok recounts the collapse of the apartheid regime, Breakfast in Kisumu shows us a homecoming: his journey back to Africa for the transition of the African National Congress (ANC) from a liberation movement into a governing party, his marriage into the Sisulu Family, and the continental significance of 1994.
Dir. Rebecca Achieng Ajulu-Bushell - 37min - 2019 - United Kingdom, Kenya, South Africa
"Rok Ajulu...sacrificed family for the collective political struggle, and this is his estranged daughter’s attempt at recovering their relationship and her Luo heritage" - The Guardian