Nairobi Half Life
The feature directorial debut of Kenyan filmmaker Daniel 'Tosh" Gitonga, follows Mwas (the incredible Joseph Wairimu), a young, aspiring actor from upcountry Kenya who dreams of becoming a success in the city of opportunity, Nairobi. Traveling to the crime-ridden Kenyan capital to follow his dreams, Mwas quickly understands why Nairobi is nicknamed Nairobbery. Robbed of his money and belongings, he's left alone in a city where he doesn't know a soul. Luck, or the lack of it, brings him face to face with a young, small time gang leader who gives Mwas a chance to earn a living. Drawn into a new world of theft and violence, Mwas still tries to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. But caught between two social classes, and between a life of crime and a life on the stage, Mwas struggles to keep his identity -- and his life.
Director Daniel Gitonga. 96 mins, NR. In Swahili, Kikuyu and English with subtitles.
The Feature Film Project is an experimental distribution event. Audience members will decide by vote whether to bring NAIROBI HALF LIFE back to Amherst Cinema for a full run. You decide!