“I have been following The Chicago International FilmFestival for over five years. It is one of the most prestigious festivals in the US, and when I received news that Yellow Fever had been accepted into thefestival, I really could not believe it! I travelled to Chicago, just hoping to make some good connections and meet interesting people,” says Mukii.
She continued: “I heard Penelope Bartlett, the festivalprogrammer, mention Yellow Fever. I looked up and she was talking towards me from the podium, and I realised I had won the Silver Hugo for Best Animated Short. It was not a very graceful moment, because my jaw dropped and I stayed that way, walking to accept my prize with my mouth still open! I was completely stunned.”
Yellow Fever presents themes, ideologies and identities involving skin and race, and examines how these may transform over a period of time. Mukii remarks: “In my film, I focuson African women’s self-image, through memories and interviews; using mixed media to describe our almost schizophrenic pursuit of globalised beauty.”
Mukii has a portfolio which includes advertising campaigns, music videos, children’s animated stories and experimental work however, Yellow Fever has awarded the animator, editor and director a standing of global recognition.