FARIDA EL KAFRAWY reviews Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann’s 2018 documentary, New Moon, chronicling her conversion to Islam. What begins as an audiovisual journey, charting the changing landscape and cultural fabric of life on Kenyan island town Lamu amid construction of a local coal plant, gradually and delicately transforms.  Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann’s New Moon (2018) develops into an exploration of the director’s own shifting sense of identity throughout a period of spiritual conversion to Islam. Returning to the country in which she was raised as a child, Ndisi-Herrmann seeks to witness change occurring around her.  Instead, as she explains in the intimate ERC-funded ‘Screen Worlds’ screening and Q&A session at SOAS, University of London, the project progresses very slowly, failing to capture the levels of change she had anticipated. Curiously, while life in Lamu remains relatively untouched, it is Ndisi-Herrmann who is gradually starting to develop. She slowly unearths a completely different sense of personal identity…Continue Reading

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