Nairobi Half Life (2012) (Kenya: 2012)

Nairobi Half Life

Directed by David “Tosh” Gitonga
Writing Credits: Billy Kahora (writing supervisor), Potash Charles Matathia, Samuel Munene, and Serah Mwihaki

The film Nairobi Half Life, the first Kenyan entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar, follows a young man named Mwas who embarks on a journey to Nairobi to pursue his dream of an acting career. He experiences many obstacles in his new life, including how to juggle the life he found in Nairobi with his newfound glamour as an actor.

Cast:
Joseph Wairimu as Mwas
Olwenya Maina as Oti
Nancy Wanjiku Karanja as Amina
Mugambi Nthiga as Cedric
Paul Ogola as Mose
Antony Ndung’u as Waf
Johnson Gitau Chege as Kyalo
Kamau Ndungu as John Waya
Abubakar Mwenda as Dingo
Mburu Kimani as Daddy M
Mehul Savani as Khanji
Maina Joseph as Kimachia
Nyokabi Gethaiga as Monica
Stella Wangeci Nyawira as Phoenix Theatre Assistant
Benta Ochieng as Kidnapped Woman

Producers:
Sarika Hemi Lakhani
Tom Tykwer
Ginger Wilson

Ratings and Reviews:
Todd McCarthy, “Nairobi Half Life: AFI Fest Review”, The Hollywood Reporter (online)
Msia Kibona Clark, “Kenya: Nairobi Half Life: Film Review“, All Africa (online)
Laura Walubengo, “Film Review: Nairobi Half Life“, CAPITALFM.KO.KE (online)