This is the story of Otieno, a twelve-year old orphan living in Kibera, one of the world's largest slums. Otieno lives with The Razors, a gang of petty thieves. After a theft gone bad, Otieno is forced to choose between saving an innocent man's life and The Razors, the only family he knows. Written by
The short film Kibera Kid is an engaging coming of age story that takes place in a slum. The challenges the boy Otieno faces are challenges that youth face in many environments - how to survive without family support. The cinematography give the viewer a sense of being present in the slum. The living conditions are neither sensationalized nor sentimentalized. The acting, especially by the lead actor, Ignatius Juma is outstanding. The location, the story and the acting seem very authentic and give the viewer a balanced idea of slum life - both its strengths and challenges. One fact that people might not have realized is that there are community volunteers working for security within slums like Kibera. Suitable for all ages. Highly recommended.
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