Threatened by the violent aftermath of Kenya’s 2017 elections, a fledgling Aikido sensei ponders whether his martial art can heal old wounds.
The Gospel of Combat is an upcoming documentary about an East African martial artist’s journey toward self-understanding through Aikido and Karate. The film follows Benedict “Ben Sensei” Kiyaga, a freelance martial arts instructor, as he ekes a living from a handful of private classes. Along the way, Ben Sensei reflects on the application of martial art as spiritual practice, and shares how it has helped him make sense of his multicultural identity amid pervasive tribal conflict.
Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival – August 24th, 2019
Sedona International Film Festival – February 26th, 28th, 2019
Pan African Film Festival – February 10th, 11th, 12th, 2019
Oaxaca FilmFest – October 9th, 2018
Sidewalk Film Festival – August 25th, 2019
307 Film Festival – August 24th, 2019