Dawn in Luxor

KENZO’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection is about California as a nexus of experiences, radiating from Carol Lim & Humberto Leon’s teenage years. For this latest film, KENZO collaborated with director Kahlil Joseph. A resident of Los Angeles, he is known for a string of stellar short films and music videos, including Flying Lotus’s ‘Until the Quiet Comes’ and Shabazz Palaces’ ‘Black Up’.

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Through his lens, the world appears as fragmentary and paradoxical - as a series of beautiful visual riffs. Joseph’s unique vision is the perfect complement to KENZO’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection, which encapsulates California in all its many guises: sensual yet tough, relaxed yet intense, sophisticated yet free-spirited.



In this profound and uplifting short film, Kahlil Joseph conjures up an otherworldly Los Angeles, one awash in myths and visions: a man ordering fish in a Jamaican restaurant, the regal beauty of a woman overlooking the sea, a beautiful boy paying homage to a beached dolphin. Shot on 16mm film, the amalgamation of images--at once utterly real and splendidly fantastical--is deployed through a loose narrative driven by pure emotion.


Written and directed by Kahlil Joseph.


Grace Mahary
Palaceer Lazaro
Tykee Dawkins
Chris "Worm" Lewis


Music by Shabazz Palaces
Cinematography by Jason McCormick
Art direction by Partel Oliva
Styled by Mobolaji Dawodu & Annabelle Baldero Lacuna
Produced by Onye Anyanwu & Alejandro De Leon
Produced by Pulse Films and What Matters Most