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Films & Schedules - NAIROBI HALF LIFE


Mon, Feb 11, 2013
at 6 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)
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Sun, Feb 17, 2013
at 7:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)
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DIRECTOR: David Tosh Gitonga - KENYA

Despite his family’s pleas, 19-year-old Mwas leaves his small village for the promise of life in the capital and the dream of becoming an actor. Naïve and filled with hope, he quickly learns why the city is nicknamed “Nairobbery.” A few rookie mistakes land him in jail, which eventually leads him to fall in with a gang and survival on the streets via theft and violence. But underneath it all beats the heart of a dream. Working under the mentorship of German director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run), first-time director Gitonga has fashioned Kenya’s second-ever Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submission. “Fundamentally honest and vividly realistic.”—Hollywood Reporter (97 mins.)

First Feature.

In Swahili and Kikuyu with English subtitles.

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Interests: New Directors, Narrative Feature.

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