Two young men with big dreams looked out to a quiet beach, barely peppered with potbellied tourists. The sleepy fishing town needed tourist dollars, that’s what Mbwana and his best friend Juma thought.
By a complete fluke, they photographed a gigantic fish leaping over Mbwana. The news spread, and the town was transformed overnight. They had inadvertently created a tourist attraction.
Mbwana was celebrated as The Fish Man, the tourists poured in, and the town flourished.
But the fish never resurfaced, and over the years, the hype died down. The big fish was forgotten, and so was Mbwana.
When he saw the fish again, resentment bubbled over, and he reaches for his fishing spear.
Jonah premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Kibwe says that his aesthetic came from looking at the bustling commercial landscapes of places like Khaosan Road in Bangkok, Times Square, Piccadilly Circus, and Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo. Along with taking inspiration from film and TV, like the meticulous scenery of anime Tekkonkinkreet and the realistic, award-winning CGI in Boardwalk Empire.