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Sunday Video: Mnyama

A mini-film by a reader.

This impromptu project was made in Kenya on a train ride from Mombasa to Nairobi last July. A derailment stalled the train for 12 hours, leaving a lot of time to kill for the restless passengers (including me).

Mnyama (the Swahili word for “animal”) follows a girl’s escape from the confines of her train compartment to the savannah outside:

Mimi Pfahler is a San Francisco high schooler who has been reconciling her love for punk rock and hip-hop since 1997.


  • CharmingKitty February 23rd, 2014 1:25 PM

    What a truly great video – it has certainly made my Sunday complete!

  • izi1998 February 23rd, 2014 1:43 PM

    Holy shit this is amazing! So lucky to have been able to see all that irl seriously like WOW<3

  • ASpoonfulOfSugar February 23rd, 2014 1:51 PM

    Mimi, thank you! This was so simple, but so beautiful :) I’m stuck in the throes of a particularly arctic Midwest winter right now, and this reminded me that the world is a huge, gorgeous place full of life and adventure. Loved the intimacy of the film, and loved the short story it told. Rookie, you saved me from another boring, icy day, and I adore you for it!! <3

  • 1980spacegel February 23rd, 2014 2:10 PM

    That was beautiful. I had to watch it twice!! Hope to see more from you in the future.

  • ohlivia February 23rd, 2014 2:41 PM

    Wow this is incredibly lovely

  • mangointhesky February 23rd, 2014 4:27 PM

    This is so amazing. The animals in this…

  • Barhbie February 23rd, 2014 4:56 PM

    this is honestly beautiful :) thank you mimi for this lovely video :)

  • honorarygilmoregal February 23rd, 2014 7:50 PM

    This was great! Nice work, Mimi!

  • lexilikes February 24th, 2014 12:31 PM

    Beautiful! That giraffe was awesome x

  • WizerdGandalf February 24th, 2014 1:07 PM

    Hella. This improptu video is pure raw beauty! Africa has us under her spell since we started watching T.V. haha (a marvelous thing audiovisual documentation,really heh) I just hope one day we too will have the honour of seeing it with our fresh eyeballz!

  • amescs February 24th, 2014 2:31 PM

    that was beautiful! thanks Mimi!

  • Cat Tassini February 25th, 2014 12:01 AM

    the elephants made me tear up! also i would really like to pet a giraffe