Thank you for the Rain

Julia Dahr

Norway, United Kingdom 2017, 87 min.


Spoken language: English

Subtitles: English

Festival year: 2018

Five years ago, Kenyan farmer Kisilu started documenting his life with the camera he had been given by Norwegian filmmaker Julia Dahr. The result is a remarkable documentary about the consequences of climate change in his environment.

Kenyan farmer Kisilu Musya emerges as a self-taught filmmaker when he is given a camera by a Norwegian director. He films the life of his family, the village he lives in, and the steadily worsening extreme weather conditions in his country. At first, there is extreme drought and the community anxiously awaits the rain. But once it arrives, the consequences are dire: an unprecedented severe storm destroys Kisilu’s house and a huge flood covers the land and ruins all the crops.

That gets the farmer into action: he starts a local movement for farmers to get more attention for the disastrous consequences of climate change. Eventually, he even travels to Oslo and Paris to speak his mind at the big climate conferences. But in his fight for a better world, it seems that climate change is not his only enemy: bureaucracy, political interests and arrogance regularly throw a spanner in the works.



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Talkshows & debates

Thank you for the Rain: Q&A with Melle Leenstra and Julia Dahr

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 10:45

Q&A with Melle Leenstra and Julia Dahr

Moderator: Froukje Jansen

Thank you for the Rain: introduction by Kumi Naidoo

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 10:45

Introduction by Kumi Naidoo

Thank you for the Rain: Q&A with director Julia Dahr

Monday, March 26, 2018 - 21:00

Director Julia Dahr speaks about making her film Thank you for the Rain, the humanitarian consequences of climate change and the impact of her films.

Thank you for the Rain: Q&A with Jan Willem den Besten

Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 16:30

Which parties are responsible to deal with the disastrous consequences of climate change? What is the accountability of the Netherlands? Journalist Sophie Derkzen speaks with Jan Willem den Besten, Senior Expert Climat