PELTZ THEATER AT THE MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE
Monday, March 11, 2013
On Screen: 7:30 pm
Cinema Chat & Introduction: 15 minutes prior to screening • Discussion: follows screening
Nairobi Half Life
Kenyan Oscar® Submission. Audience Winner, 2012 American Film Institute Film Festival
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 secondever official submission for the Oscar®.
PLEASE NOTE: NAIROBI HALF LIFE is in Swahili, Kikuyu and English with English Subtitles. Special thanks to Cinema Society
member Arturo Levin for his contribution to tonight’s presentation.
Running Time: 97 minutes • Not Rated