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Nairobi Half Life (2012)

A young, aspiring actor from upcountry Kenya dreams of becoming a success in the big city. In pursuit of this and to the chagrin of his brother and parents, he makes his way to Nairobi:the city of opportunity.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Wairimu Joseph Wairimu ... Mwas
Olwenya Maina Olwenya Maina ... Oti
Nancy Wanjiku Karanja Nancy Wanjiku Karanja ... Amina
Mugambi Nthiga Mugambi Nthiga ... Cedric
Paul Ogola ... Mose
Antony Ndung'u Antony Ndung'u ... Waf
Johnson Gitau Chege Johnson Gitau Chege ... Kyalo
Kamau Ndungu Kamau Ndungu ... John Waya
Abubakar Mwenda Abubakar Mwenda ... Dingo
Mburu Kimani Mburu Kimani ... Daddy M
Mehul Savani ... Khanji
Maina Joseph Maina Joseph ... Kimachia
Isaac Kiarie Isaac Kiarie ... Kama
Peterson Gathambo Peterson Gathambo ... Kuheyo
Ainea Ojiambo Ainea Ojiambo ... Officer Mutua
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A young, aspiring actor from upcountry Kenya dreams of becoming a success in the big city. In pursuit of this and to the chagrin of his brother and parents, he makes his way to Nairobi:the city of opportunity.

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Have we decided to be the way we are?

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Country:

Kenya | Germany

Language:

Swahili | Kikuyu | English

Release Date:

8 December 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Minha Vida em Nairóbi See more »

Filming Locations:

Nairobi, Kenya See more »

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Budget:

€500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The official submission of Kenya to the Best Foreign Language Film of the 85th Academy Awards 2013. See more »

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"It's your choice whether to look or to look away"
25 September 2012 | by diasporadicalSee all my reviews

Nairobi Half Life does not boast an original premise. A young kid from rural Kenya with dreams of moving to the city(Nairobi) and becoming an actor.

What immediately differentiates it from other local films and a lot of international films is how it casts an unforgiving realistic eye on the protagonists life and actions. The movie does an excellent job of examining the underbelly of suffering and desperation in the country, from personal struggles of the youth to larger hurdles the nation is trying to leap; all the while narrating a story that will take you through a full range of genuine emotions before leaving you somewhat inspired and in some form of reflection.

The actors are commendable in their performances and bar one minor continuity error (or two), the storytelling is superb.

I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a different African cinematic experience.

I have a full length review on my website, should you care for more details


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