Kimya (Swahili for »silence«) is a story about the first moment of silence in the life of Josephine. Josie is growing up in a house where the doors are never locked. Everybody is always welcome in her mother’s home. She doesn’t feel like she’s part of the family because she doesn’t like noise or people that much.
When Josie finds herself at home on her own for the first time, she sets out on a journey of discovery – through the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom. She thinks it could be the best day of her life. But soon she realises that being at home alone might be just a bit too quiet.
Amira Duynhouwer graduated from the Netherlands Film Academy with a degree in screenwriting in 2019, but while making Kimya discovered that her passion lies in directing the stories she writes. If there were common themes in her work, it would be the tiny things that make us human: quiet moments of joy and profound sadness.