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Best Films

A Goat for a Vote (Documentary Review)

October 6, 2017 |

Een van de jongens / Venfilm; 2014 Dir. Jeroen van Velzen It is a well known fact that student leadership in Kenyan universities and other institutions of higher learning has always been inextricably linked to the external influences of political parties or movements holding sway over the country. Successful candidates for leadership often employ the […]Read More

Monsoons Over The Moon (Film Review)

November 16, 2015 |

Dir. Abstract Omega; 2015 Imagine a version of Kenya in an alternative present (or a not so distant future) that has regressed to a state of dictatorial control mirroring the Moi era at its peak, probably worse. A Kenya in which government surveillance of all forms of communication is the norm. A return to the […]Read More

The Roadside (Film Review)

October 17, 2015 |

Big Ideas Entertainment; 2009 Dir. Willie Owusu *NB: Contains mild spoilers* Those of us living the somewhat suffocating urban middle-class lifestyle in Nairobi and the other major cities will instantly relate to The Roadside. Directed by Willie Owusu, this short film revolves around a slowly disconnecting young couple played by Lupita Nyong’o (Shuga, 12 Years […]Read More

Afro Kung Fu (Film Review)

August 29, 2015 |

Dir. Dennis Muiruri ; 2015 One of the thoughts that dominated my mind while watching Netflix’s Sense8 (the sci-fi TV series that was partly shot in Kenya) was how much more engaging it could have been had our very own fight scene specialist Muchiri Mentor had been involved in it one way or another. There’s no […]Read More

Tough Bond: Kenyan Street Life Documentary Enjoys Good Run At Festivals

May 30, 2013 | 1

Village Beat; 2013 Dir. Anneliese Vandenberg & Austin Peck A new documentary film based on street life in Kenya and the harsh realities of rural indigenous communities being driven into urban areas due to poverty has been doing quite well in the film festival circuit and has been getting some rave reviews as well. It […]Read More