Our next screening is an energetic and immensely entertaining film, a German-Kenyan co-production between Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) and Kenyan director David ‘Tosh’ Kitonga  

2012, 96 min., dir. ‘Tosh’ Gitonga, starring Joseph Wairimu, Olwenya Maina, Nancy Wanjiku Karanja,  in English, Kikuyu and Kisuahili with English subtitles 


TIME: 17h00

VENUE: Howard College, MTB West Wing, 1st Floor, German Programme, Media Room F251 

About the film:
The film tells the story of Mwas (Wairimu), a young man who spends his days selling pirated DVDs around his rural village. His ability to quote key lines from various Hollywood blockbusters, such as 300, make his sales pitches even more entertaining than the films he sells. When a theatre troop from the city of Nairobi visits his village, Mwas is inspired to fulfill his dreams of being an actor. Leaving his parents home with only a little bit of money, and a bag full of car stereos he promised to deliver for an acquaintance, Mwas sets out for life in the big city. However, Mwas quickly realizes that life in Nairobi is nothing like what he thought it would be.

Kenyan director David ‘Tosh’ Gitonga’s debut film lists German director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, Cloud Atlas) as supervising director. While Tykwer and his One Fine Day Film Workshop, which sponsors an African film per year, oversaw the production, it is Gitonga and lead actor Joseph Wairimu whose names will keep audiences talking. The pairing is a match made in heaven as they deliciously infuse new life into familiar cinematic tropes. Nariobi Half Life is a crowd-pleaser that will have audiences laughing one moment and gasping in shock the next.

The script includes a mixture of Swahili, Kikuyu and a street slang known as Sheng–plus English thrown in along the way as well.  Written by “local scriptwriters Serah Mwihaki, Potash and Sam Munene, under the supervision of Soul Boy author Billy Kahora and producer Tom Tykwer (Cloud Atlas).  With a cast and crew of over 80 people, Nairobi Half Life was shot over the course of 24 days.



For further information please contact: 

Dr Marion Pape
German Studies
University of KwaZulu-Natal
School of Arts
Durban, 4041
Email: papem@ukzn.ac.za
Tel: 0027-31-260 1086 / 2380
Fax: 0027-31-260 1242

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