SUBIRA is a free spirit, a young Muslim girl born to be in the water. She loves to swim and go fishing with her father – much to her mother’s dismay. In her element in the ocean, SUBIRA dreams of swimming competitively, as the boys do. But when her father dies in a boating accident, suddenly she’s not allowed to swim at all anymore. Subira now finds herself firmly in the clutches of her traditional mother, Mwana, whose single- minded aim is to arrange a good marriage for her daughter.

Though matched with the sensitive, progressive-minded Toufiq, marriage does not quell Subira’s longing to swim and her problems are just beginning.
Director Sippy Chadha has expanded her award-winning short film of the same name to make an engaging feature-length drama about a young woman’s fight to follow her dreams.


ORIGINAL TITLE: Subira
YEAR: 2018
GENRE: Feature Film – Drama
DURATION: 99 min
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: English, Swahili
COUNTRY: Kenya, Denmark
DIRECTOR: Sippy Chadha
WRITER: Sippy Chadha
CAST: Brenda Wairimu, Tirath Padam, Nice Githinji, Melvin Alusa
PRODUCTION: Kaaya Films