Thursday, November 15, 2012

Making History: Kenya's First Oscar Contender?

A gritty Kenyan movie detailing the impossible gang culture in that country is set to make history. Word on the street is the flick will be the country's first-ever film to be considered for an Oscar. In fact according to movie's producers, the film is the most successful theatrical release for a local film in Kenya. Dope!

"Nairobi Half Life" follows a character named Mwas -- a young aspiring actor from rural Kenya who dreams of becoming the next "Bruce Willis."

It's the debut film from Kenyan director David "Tosh" Gitonga. "We keep saying crime is wrong, but are we really looking at why there is crime?" he says. "I don't believe Kenyans get into crime for fun and giggles."The movie's lead character Mwas strikes up an unlikely friendship with a gang leader who introduces him to a world of theft and violence. This includes taking part in robberies and carjackings -- common crimes in Nairobi.

Side note: Did you know that Nairobi is commonly referred to as "Nairobbery. According to the U.S. State Department, the city averages about 10 vehicle hijackings each day. Wowzers!!

Watch the trailer below:

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