Nairobi Half Life

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On the night of March 21, 2013, the new comedy/drama Nairobi Half Life will screen in 100 art cinemas across the United States as part of The Feature Film Project. Audiences at these screenings will be asked to vote if this film should return to their cinema for a week-long engagement later in the year. If 51% of the nationwide audience votes YES, then each cinema can book the film for a regular engagement sometime throughout 2013. Eventually, the goal is to make the cinemas involved with the Feature Film Project a cornerstone in unearthing, promoting and exhibiting new independent films in the United States … and your votes help make it happen!

In the delightful, fast-paced comedy/drama Nairobi Half Life, Kenya’s second-ever official submission to the Academy Awards and a 2012 AFI Fest Audience Award winner, an aspiring young actor from a small Kenyan village dreams of success. Despite his parents’ disapproval, Mwas leaves his small village and embarks on a journey to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital and a city full of opportunity, in order to pursue a career in acting. Naïve and filled with hope, he quickly learns why the city is nicknamed “Nairobbery.” A few innocent mistakes land him in jail, which eventually leads Mwas to connect with a tough street gang. Although he learns how to survive in the dangerous and sprawling urban center, Mwas is torn between his new lifestyle of theft and violence and his dream of becoming an actor. (Dir. by David Tosh Gitonga, 2012, Kenya, in Swahili, Kikuyu & English with subtitles, 96 mins., Not Rated) Digital