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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

Shit Happens (Web Series Review)

July 10, 2017 |

Pembe Tatu Films / Life Dream Production; 2017 Dir. Gerald Langiri Life, as we currently now it, is but a series of highs and lows, feats and failures, mistakes and miracles – perhaps Nature’s way of helping us grow stronger and discover ourselves. Shit Happens, an ongoing web series written by Maina Mundi and directed […]Read More

Flight Path (Film Review)

April 23, 2016 | 1

Big Ideas Entertainment; 2015 As this week marks the first anniversary since the worst ever immigrant tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea amid a constant influx of refugees and immigrants into Europe in numbers not witnessed since World War II, it is good to see some Kenyan filmmakers trying to add their voices to the overall […]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

Owiny Sigoma Band present Nyanza (Documentary Review)

November 16, 2015 |

Bronswood Recordings; 2015 Dir. Ivan Ogilvie Five years down the line with two albums and multiple tours in Europe to show for their efforts, Owiny Sigoma Band unravelled their third album Nyanza in August 2015. The first two singles off Nyanza, namely Changaa Attack and Luo Land, immediately hit all the right spots as expected […]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

#MustWatch: Scarred, Judy Kibinge’s Wagalla Massacre Documentary

February 10, 2015 |

10th February 2015 (today) marks 31 years since the Wagalla Massacre, the worst human rights atrocity in the history of modern Kenya, which ended in the torture, murder and rape of hundreds of Somali residents of Wajir town by Kenyan security personnel between 10th and 14th February 1984. Even though all the inner details of […]Read More

Sidetracked (Film Review)

July 28, 2014 |

Artskills Films; 2013 Dir. Mwendwa Mutua Stars: Muthoni Thiong’o, Denis Kamba, Amina Mohamed Athman, Faith Martn Stories in an African setting usually tend to portray the countryside as a place still clinging on to past practices and ideas while urban areas come across as places of freedom of discovery. Characters exposed to both sides of […]Read More

Shounen Keniya / Kenya Boy

May 17, 2014 |

Toei Animation; 1984 Dir. Tetsuo Imazawa, Nobuhiko Ôbayashi While chances of getting to see an animated feature film centred around Kenya are getting better by the day, given the increased exposure local animators and digital artists are now getting, what were the odds you’d stumble upon one in the 80s? Almost zero, right? Well, not exactly. A […]Read More

Lady Karun’s Ladybug Project

July 23, 2013 | 3

Sound Mind; 2013 Dir. Andrew Mageto Weekly Webisodes Miss Karun ( or Karun, as she’d like to be called now) is making final touches to her solo debut album which is set for release sometime next month. As a lead-up to the launch, she and her team of creatives have embarked on a documentary series […]Read More