Cert: CLUB


Pili Hussein, is a young Tanzanian woman who provides for her two small children by tilling the local fields. Her husband has deserted her because she has a HIV condition that she keeps secret from the rest of her small community. Pili dreams of a better life for her family, so when she is offered the chance to take over a village market stall, she desperately tries to raise the cash for the required deposit.

Set and filmed in Tanzania, Leanne Welham’s debut feature is the result of a ground-breaking collaboration with the women of Miono, Tanzania, with 65% of the cast of non-actors being themselves HIV positive. Heartwarming and heartwrenching, Pili provides an honest, authentic view of Tanzanian life.

Language: Swahili (English Subtitles)


  • Winner, Audience Award, Dinard British Film Festival 2018

‘With a compassionate and imaginative boldness, first-time British feature director Leanne Welham has shot a film about HIV in Tanzania. … This is a thoughtful film’

The Guardian

‘Shot in rural Tanzania by the British director Leanne Welham, this is a lyrical Swahili-language drama with a Loach-like willingness to tackle big issues through small stories’

The Times
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