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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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13 March 2013 | by mark6975See all my reviews

I loved this movie....it had it all. It told a great moral lesson to our youth that humility and a sense of humor will carry you much further in life than a fancy car, a handgun, or flashy clothing. The other thing I so enjoyed was the recurring theme that people with "old fashioned" values coupled with a dash of wit and a friendly smile, will often triumph in the end. This movie was an amalgam of Mr. Smith goes to Washington and Slum Dog Millionaire for telling the tale of a country bumpkin trying to make his way in a big bad City. The comparison of "country" vs. "city" morals isn't lost on the audience and the director does a good lob of leading you to the correct conclusion that old fashioned values of honesty, charity, and humility are best. THe movie also treats the issues of poverty and corruption in a direct and honest way. What sets this movie apart is that the viewer experiences these very graphic depictions of life in the slum of a developing country in the context of what is otherwise an incredibly positive and uplifting message. The production crew deserve a great deal of credit for making a masterpiece on what I expect was a shoestring budget.


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