Explore the diverse history and cultures of Africa with the addition of aliens and other sci-fi elements with Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire, a 10-part collection of animated films heading to Disney+ next year.
Peter Ramsey (Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse) will serve as executive producer for the anthology, and Tendayi Nyeke and Anthony Silverston will serve as supervising producers. Triggerfish will be the lead studio for the anthology, working with animation studios across Africa and globally to bring together creators from Zimbabwe, Uganda, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, and Egypt. This animated anthology will take viewers on a ride into Africa’s future with action-packed sci-fi and fantasy elements, including aliens, spirits, and monsters imagined from African perspectives.
Here’s a look at the 10 short films that make up the anthology:
- Stardust is created by Ahmed Teilab from Egypt to tell the story of a rebellious stable girl who receives a blank scroll of destiny from the Oracle during her coming-of-age ceremony. She sets off on a dangerous journey to track him down and demand the kind of future she knows she deserves.
- Mkhuzi: The Masked Racer is created by Simangaliso ‘Panda’ Sibaya and Malcolm Wope from South Africa. This story revolves around Manzo, a half-human, half-alien boy who must defeat the galaxy’s wildest racers in the Soweto Grand Prix to save his neighborhood from destruction.
- Created by Terence Maluleke and Isaac Mogajane from South Africa, Hatima takes place in a futuristic Africa, where 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.
- Enkai is created by Ng’endo Mukii from Kenya and is about a young girl named Enkai, who is trying to keep her working single mother’s attention — only her mother is a cosmic deity trying to save the planet.
- Shofela Coker from Nigeria adds a touch of sci-fi to a Yoruba myth with Moremi. The 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.
- Surf Sangoma is created by Nthato Mokgata and Terence Neale from South Africa. It takes place in a futuristic Durban, which is surrounded by a monumental wall to protect the city from colossal waves that are too deadly to surf, but best friends Njabulo and Mqobi dream of returning to the ocean.
- Mukudzei (Adventures of Muku) is created by Pious Nyenyewa and written by Tafadzwa Hove from 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.
- Created by Tshepo Moche from South Africa, First Totem Problems follows a teenage girl named Sheba who is determined to receive her digital totem, even if it means taking down the whole ancestral technocracy while trying to end an ancient feud.
- Herderboy is created by Raymond Malinga from Uganda, following an unlikely young hero who is determined to prove himself. He must singlehandedly protect his tribe’s precious herd of cyborg cattle from a deadly spirit monster that threatens their whole way of life.
- Lesego Vorster from South Africa created You Give Me Heart, which takes place 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 all.
Each of the 10 films is approximately 10 minutes long and they form a feature-length anthology full of original animation. The anthology will release on Disney+ late next year.