2018 / 83mins / Studio Soho Films

Pili lives in rural Tanzania, working the fields for less than $2 a day to feed her two children and struggling to manage her HIV positive status in secret. 


When she is offered the chance to rent a sought-after market-stall, Pili is desperate to have it.  But with only two days to get the deposit together, Pili is forced to make increasingly difficult decisions with ever deepening consequences.  How much will she risk to change her life?


Cast: Bello Rashid, Sikujua Rashid, Sesilia Florian Kimilia

Directed by: Leanne Welham

Written by: Leanne Welham

Produced by: Sophie Harman

Cinematographer: Craig Dean Devine

Sound: Tom Osborne & Tom Jenkins

Editor: Kant Pan

Original Music: Tim Morrish


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BAFTA nomination for Outstanding Debut 2019

BIFA nomination for the Douglas Hickox Award for Debut Director 2018

Audience Award for Best Film at Dinard Film Festival 2018

Special Mention for the Screenplay Award at Dinard Film Festival 2018


"Leanne Welham's powerful drama tells an important story."

"Emotionally direct, check-your-privilege storytelling."

"A compassionate, imaginative boldness ... This is a thoughtful film." (Peter Bradshaw)

"Gruelling but lyrical Swahili-language drama with a Loach-like willingness to tackle big issues through small stories."

"With a vivid colour palette courtesy of cinematographer Craig Dean Devine and an engrossing lead performance from Rashid, Pili transforms a simple tale into a substantial film.  It's a very moving story, if far from melodramatic - knotty moral quandaries such as these are the stuff of stimulating drama."