Nairobi Half Life – A Kenyan Crime Drama
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Director David Tosh Gitonga, who worked with Naomie Harris as an assistant director on the movie ‘The First Grader‘, brings us this new crime drama, ‘Nairobi Half Life’.
Set in Nairobi, the story tells of a young aspiring actor from the countryside of Kenya who dreams of becoming an accomplished actor one day. In pursuit of this, and to the chagrin of his brother and parents, he makes his way to Nairobi, the city of opportunity. He quickly understands why Nairobi is nicknamed Nairrobery as he is robbed of all his money and belongings and left alone in a city where he doesn’t know a soul. Luck, or the lack of it, brings him face to face with the city’s criminals and he forms a friendship with a small-time crook who takes him in.
He is quickly drawn into a world of crime as he struggles to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. Keeping the two worlds separate proves to be a challenge for him as he trudges on in this unknown world called Nairobi. His drive and soft spoken nature are his best resources. His determination is encouraging and he is a true testament that what stands between us and our goals is us.
The film, a co-production project between Germany’s One Fine Day Films and Kenya’s Ginger Ink Films, stars Joseph K Wairimu, Olwenya Maina, and Nancy Wanjiku Karanja and will be making its world premiere at the Durban International Film Festival in South Africa this month