Movie "Nairobi half-life"

A screening of the movie "Nairobi half-life", introduced by the members of the United Community of African Students, who will tell you a little bit more about the message of the film. The movie starts at 20.30 p.m.

Organised by United Community of African Students, UCAS

Mon 14 April 2014 19:30 to 22:30

Venue Movie-W Wilhelminaweg 3A Wageningen

The film will be shown at Movie-W six times:

  • Friday the 28th of March: 20.30 hrs.
  • Sunday the 30th of March: 16.00 hrs.
  • Wednesday April 2: 20.30 hrs.
  • Tuesday April 8: 20.30 hrs.
  • Thursday April 10: 20.30 hrs.
  • Monday April 14: 20.30 hrs.

For the One World Week we have a reduced prize. You can watch the movie for € 5.00. So bring your WUR card for reduction!

About the film

A young, aspiring actor from upcountry Kenya dreams of becoming a success in the big city. In pursuit of this and to the chagrin of his brother and parents, he makes his way to Nairobi:the city of opportunity.

NAIROBI HALF LIFE is an enthralling tale about a rural Kenyan youth who, in the face of better advice, travels alone to the capital to realise his dream of becoming an actor. Unprepared for the dangers of city-life, he falls prey to a street gang within minutes – an event that will determine his fate. After having unjustly been sent to prison, he is destitute and is taken in tow by the leader of a gang of thieves. The young aspiring actor has no choice but to relinquish his good intentions and use his acting talents to earn a living as a car thief. He becomes tempted to take ever increasing risks. At the same time he pursues his dream among the more privileged class, and not without success: during the production of a play with a crime theme into which this elite have no real insight, his fellow actors are amazed by his ability to get into his role. But this double-life wears him out. Will he be able to reconcile these two worlds?  Nairobi Half Life stunningly portrays opposites such as rich-poor, rural-urban, good-bad and dream-reality and offers a realistic view of the life of an African person in the big city.

This film is gripping from start to finish! It is no surprise that Nairobi Half Life was nominated for an Oscar and won the award for best actor at the 33rd Durban International Film Festival. The film was also nominated in numerous categories at other film festivals and has won several African prizes. As we felt compelled to include this film in our program, we imported it specially for the Movie-W audience; although the film was screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, we are the first Dutch cinema to show it! (JB) This film is being screened as part of the WUR's One World Week and will be introduced by UCAS students.

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