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Generation Kplus

Engiteng' Narok Lukunya

Black Head Cow

Die schwarzköpfige Kuh

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Naserian's narrative was developed by young people in Tanzania under the guidance of director Elizabeth Nichols. A young girl lives in a remote Maasai village and is one of the best pupils at the local school. ‘God made me a genius’, she jokingly comments. One day her father arranges for her to be married, but Naserian, bright and brave, balks at submitting to the elders' rules.

Elizabeth Nichols

Tanzania 2016


12’ · Colour

recommendation: 11 years and up


Naserian Mzee (Naserian)
Neema Kirika Laizer (Mama Naserian)
Sophina Elias (Sophina)
Kirika Kutwa (Baba Naserian)
Mzee Lesinet (Mzee)


Elizabeth Nichols
Kesuma Mkare, Edward Elias, Flora Kipapurwa, Sioni Ayubu, Hosea Isaya
Elizabeth Nichols
Elizabeth Nichols
Sound Design
David Forshee
Edward Elias
Production Design
Flora Kipapurwa
Flora Kipapurwa
Lenga Kirika, Kesuma Mkare
Assistant Director
Flora Kipapurwa
Production Manager
Lenga Kirika
Kesuma Mkare, Lenga Kirika, Mzee Lesinet, Peter Luis


Elizabeth Nichols

Born in Princeton, USA in 1988, she is a writer, director and cinematographer who currently divides her time between New York, where she is taking a masters degree at the Tisch School of the Arts, and Tanzania, where she works at the Orkeeswa School. She has a degree in history, literature, history of art and architecture from Harvard University and has received several awards and scholarships to support her filmmaking including the New York Women in Film and Television Scholarship and the Wasserman Award for Directing.

Filmography (short films)

2013 Wash Song 2014 P.S. 432 2016 Engiteng' Narok Lukunya (Black Head Cow)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2017

Produced by

Orkeeswa School

World Sales

Ouat Media