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by David Gitonga


A young aspiring actor from upcountry Kenya dreams of becoming an accomplished actor one day, and in pursuit of this and to the chagrin of his brother and parents, he makes his way to Nairobi – the city of opportunity. He quickly understands why Nairobi is nicknamed Nairrobery as he is robbed of all his money and belongings and left alone in a city where he doesn’t know a soul. Luck, or the lack of it, brings him face to face with the city’s criminals and he forms a friendship with a small time crook who takes him in. He is quickly drawn into a world of crime as he struggles to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. Keeping the two worlds separate proves to be a challenge for him as he trudges on in this unknown world called Nairobi.

international title: Nairobi Half Life
original title: Nairobi Half Life
country: Germany, Kenya
sales agent: One Fine Day Films
year: 2012
genre: fiction
directed by: David Gitonga
film run: 96'
release date: DE 11/10/2012
screenplay: Potash Charles Matathia, Samuel Munene, Serah Mwihaki
cast: Joseph Wairimu, Olwenya Maina, Nancy Wanjiku Karanja, Mugambi Nthiga, Paul Ogola, Antony Ndung'u
cinematography by: Christian Almesberger, Mohamed Zain
film editing: Mkaiwawi Mwakaba, Sabine Smit
music: Xaver von Treyer
producer: Sarika Hemi Lakhani, Tom Tykwer, Ginger Wilson
co-producer: Marie Steinmann, Guy Wilson
production: One Fine Day Films, Ginger Ink Films/Nairobi
backing: Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Bundesministerium für Wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung, DW Akademie, ARRI Film & TV Services, Goethe-Institut Nairobi
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