Mwanamke Makueni

A Woman in Makueni | Eine Frau in Makueni
She is in prison, waiting. But he has a long way to travel and arrives too late. He wanders through the strange city, lost, until he meets a woman who is willing to help him with some gentle magic.
by Daria Belova, Valeri Aluskina
with Peter Oluoko, Mary Wanjuku Wambua, Beatrice Nafula, Nancy Syombuak, Daniel Kitonga
Germany 2023 Swahili 14’ Colour World premiere


  • Peter Oluoko
  • Mary Wanjuku Wambua
  • Beatrice Nafula
  • Nancy Syombuak
  • Daniel Kitonga


Directors Daria Belova, Valeri Aluskina
Screenplay Daria Belova
Cinematography Sasha Donkan
Editing Valeri Aluskina, Daria Belova
Music Hildur Guðnadóttir, Skuli Sverrisson, Guðni Franzson
Sound Design Valeri Aluskina, Vitali Kavalenka, Zahar Semirkhanov
Sound Valeri Aluskina, Alex Njuguna Mwangi, Tien Moses
Producer Kirill Krasovski

Produced by

Faktura Film

Daria Belova

Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 1982, she studied literature at the city’s university and then worked as an investigative journalist. In 2010, she moved to Germany and took up a film directing degree at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin. Her short film Come and Play won the Discovery Award in the 2013 Semaine de la Critique at Cannes. Since March 2022, she has been working as a human rights defender of people suffering from political persecution.


2011 Ballet Story; short film 2013 Komm und Spiel (Come and Play); short film · Ya psih? (Am I Crazy?) 2023 Mwanamke Makueni (A Woman in Makueni); short film, co-director: Valeri Aluskina

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2023

Valeri Aluskina

Born in Khabarovsk, Russia in 1992. She embarked on a degree in design but broke off her studies at the age of 18 to move to Saint Petersburg and work on arthouse film productions. She studied directing at the Saint Petersburg School of New Cinema where she later also taught. In 2021, she began to study and practice as a gestalt therapist. Since March 2022, she has been living in Tbilisi in Georgia.

Filmography (short films)

2017 Ya tolko to, chto ya chuvstvuyu (Am I Just What I Feel) 2019 Snova snova snova Margaret (Again Again and Again Margaret) 2023 Mwanamke Makueni (A Woman in Makueni); short film, co-director: Daria Belova

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2023