Nairobi Half Life – introduced by Len MorrisKenya | 2012 | 96 min. | Not Rated | Drama
Saturday September 07, 2013
Katharine Cornell Theater
$12 General Admission, $9 Member
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening - buy at center or online
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, 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 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.
"...shot through with fresh social and stylistic energy..."
--Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter