Nairobi Half Life


Nairobi Half Life

David Tosh GitongaKenya – 2012

The young Kenyan Mwas has a dream: to tread the boards as an actor. In order to realise this dream, he leaves his village and heads for Nairobi, but is overwhelmed by the loud and wild city. One day, he is robbed and left completely helpless on the streets. Placed in this existential predicament, Mwas slowly slips into Nairobi’s underworld. What begins with petty scams and minor drug deals, ends with more serious crimes. When corrupt police begin to threaten him, he has to decide between fast money and his dream. NAIROBI HALF LIFE is one of the few Kenyan features created during Tom Tykwer’s East African “One Fine Day Films” project.

Original Title Nairobi Half Life
German Title Nairobi Half Life
French Title Nairobi Half Life
Other Titles Nairobi Half Life
Directed by David Tosh Gitonga
Country Kenya
Available Formats DVD, Blu-ray, DCP
Screenplay Potash Charles Matathia, Samuel Munene, Serah Mwihaki
Film Editing Mkaiwawi Mwakaba
Soundtrack Xaver von Treyer
Cinematography Christian Almesberger
Sound Mercy Adundo, Stefan Fendrich, Lawrence Kivondo
Décors Roland Pfisterer (visuelle Effekte)
Production Tom Tykwer, One Fine Day Films, Ginger Ink Films
Runtime 96 Min.
Language Swahili, Kikuyu, Englisch/d
Joseph Wairimu Mwas
Olwenya Maina Oti
Nancy Wanjiku Karanja Amina
Mugambi Nthiga Cedric
Paul Ogola Mose

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