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Despite his parents’ wishes, Mwas leaves his small village and embarks on a journey to Kenya’s capital 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 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. Rising talent Joseph Wairimu delivers a strong performance as a charming and compelling character that never forsakes his dreams. Emerging from the One Fine Day Film Workshop, a German-Kenyan collaboration, director Tosh Gitonga’s debut feature film is Kenya’s second-ever official submission for the Oscar®. —Dilcia Barrera
North American Premiere
David Tosh Gitonga was born in the small town of Nanyuki in East Kenya. He worked on several productions as an assistant director, including GARDEN OF EDEN and FIRST GRADER and was selected to direct NAIROBI HALF LIFE, his first feature film, under the supervision of Tom Tykwer.
11/7/12 at 4:15 PM – Chinese 3