PHILIPPA NDISI-HERRMANN

I am a giant that lives in my chest.

My heart is open and closed,
closed then open.

The rise and fall of my breath could,
perhaps,
sound like
falling leaves or the shaking reeds
and at night -
like large swaying sea weeds
hidden at the ocean’s floor.


Shhhhh, shhhhh
You hear it?
That’s me.


I am a song with only a melody.

But I am impatient
and call for words
to accompany my
silent, vibrant voice.

So far I am just a feeling -
And a melody,
and the waves,
the waves
and a medley of stars and tears.

I am a feeling of here and now.

Of yesterday and tomorrow.
Of before me and after me.

But know,
I am here waiting -

Making friends with the fish,
Diving deep,
Paddling low,
Flirting with the waves,

I am a steady rise and fall,
fall and rise,
a steady -

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May 19

thedonkeythat:

Our new teaser!

The Donkey that Carried the Cloud on its Back

A Teaser for a Feature-length Documentary Project

In the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Kenya, there is an island. On this island there is a stone town; its stone buildings stand as skeletons of the splendor of its yesteryears. High tide, low tide, Full moon, new moon. Lamu is an island frozen in time. Now Africa’s largest port is being constructed. In order to evolve, what part of ourselves do we keep and what part do we leave behind?

Credit List:

Director & Camera

Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann

Additional Camera & Underwater Videography

Jahawi Bertolli at Africa Underwater

Editor 

Ng’ethe Gitungo

Additional Editing

Mike Muraya

Contributors

Mohaji

Mamela

Fixer

Gabriel Suleiman

Translation

Evans Nyangaresi

Ng’ethe Gitungo

Special Thanks to:

Trisala Bid

DYMK

Gladys Bertolli

Gillies Turle

Fiammeta Monicelli

George Amponsah

Kasper Bisgaard

Ayako Bertolli

Johann Jenson

David Obura

Hubert Sauper

Twitter: @CarriedtheCloud

Facebook: facebook.com/carriedthecloud

Blog: www. thedonkeythat.tumblr.com/

This Teaser was made through the support of Docubox EADFF, Göteborg Film Festival Fund, Cinecrowd and IDFA Bertha Fund.

Thirsty Fish © 2014

My Grandmother Jane Wacera Wagema (L) and her sister Grace Njeri Wagema (R)
Mar 30

My Grandmother Jane Wacera Wagema (L) and her sister Grace Njeri Wagema (R)

My grandparents - sometime late 1940s/1950s?
Mar 30

My grandparents - sometime late 1940s/1950s?

Mar 4

My dear Alia Herrmann

© Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann

Nairobi, January 2014

My dear sister, Alia
© Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann
Nairobi, January 2014
 
Mar 4

My dear sister, Alia

© Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann

Nairobi, January 2014

 

Anna is back!

© Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann
Puglia, September, 2013
Mar 4

Anna is back!

© Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann

Puglia, September, 2013

This is my first photographic self-portrait - that day was extremely hard, I was alone, I had to take a photograph in order to remind myself of my loss. I had completely forgotten about this moment, this engraving, this image, until now, when I got the image from the Lab. This was almost 6 months ago. 
Mar 4

This is my first photographic self-portrait - that day was extremely hard, I was alone, I had to take a photograph in order to remind myself of my loss. I had completely forgotten about this moment, this engraving, this image, until now, when I got the image from the Lab. This was almost 6 months ago. 

Boy (Head above Water)

© Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann (Lamu, January 2014)
Mar 4

Boy (Head above Water)

© Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann (Lamu, January 2014)

After a trip to Lamu and 2 weeks of editing - The new trailer is done!!!!! Mashallah! Watch this space! We will announce it very soon!!!
Feb 23

After a trip to Lamu and 2 weeks of editing - The new trailer is done!!!!! Mashallah! Watch this space! We will announce it very soon!!!

Oct 28

Kashmiri, Lamu, August 2013

© Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann

Today - Rosemary, Kibera, Nairobi
© Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann
Oct 15

Today - Rosemary, Kibera, Nairobi

© Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann

A baptism at the shore’s of the Indian Ocean. Lamu island is predominantly Muslim. 
August 2013

© Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann
Oct 15

A baptism at the shore’s of the Indian Ocean. Lamu island is predominantly Muslim. 

August 2013

© Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann

(C) PHILIPPA NDISI-HERRMANN
Sep 28

(C) PHILIPPA NDISI-HERRMANN

Sep 26