''Pumzi'' is a 2009 Kenyan science fiction short film directed by Wanuri Kahiu, starring Kudzani Moswela.
The story is set in a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] world, where water is scarce and humanity must stay underground for it's own survival. The main character Asha, a museum curator, receives a box of soil in which she plants an old seed. The seed germinates, and Asha asks the Maitu Council permission to investigate life outside. The Council denies her, prompting Asha to escape and proceed with the search on her own.

Plans are being made for a [[TheMovie feature film]].

!! This film provides examples of:

* AsceticAesthetic: Inside and outside.
* [[BaldWoman Bald Women]]: Nobody, man or woman, seems to let their hair grow out in this future.
* BitterSweetEnding: Asha dies of exhaustion and dehydration trying to revive nature in the Outside. However, the seed she planted sprouts and is implied to have expanded into a forest by the last images of the movie.
* CulturalRebel: Asha.
* {{Determinator}}: Asha defies the orders of the council, marches under a scorching sun, and sacrifices her water supplies all in the hope that she may find and preserve life.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Possibly.
* FalseUtopia: Peaceful and ecological, but incredibly oppressive.
* GlobalWarming: The apocalypse is a consequence of the Greenhouse Effect.
* GovernmentDrugEnforcement: The Maitu Council forces it's citizens to take dream suppressants.
* HollywoodMirage:
** Asha spots a beautiful, healthy green tree in the middle of the desert. She approaches only to find a dead stump.
** HopeSpot
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Designed to collect sweat, too.
* MeaningfulName: Maitu means (mother)seed in the Kikuyu language. The word is derived from Maa and Itu, which translates to "Our Truth".
* [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Obstructive Bureaucrats]]: The Maitu Council.
* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: It's implied that suppressing free will is necessary in order to create a system of total self sufficiency.
* WorldOfSilence: No one is allowed to dream and presenting new ideas is discouraged. Within minutes of Asha requesting an investigation of the Outside, the authorities come in and sack her museum. A lack of curiosity and spirit is also denoted by the lack of visitors in said museum. The surrounding objects are probably what enticed Asha's free spirit, while the other citizens have not been exposed to elements of the Outside as much.
* WorldWarIII: This version is a water war that took place 35 years before the film.