“Brother’s gotta read”; sisters too

Watching ‘Middle of Nowhere’ over the weekend, I wholly empathised with a character who referred to foreign language films as “Films where a brother’s gotta read”. We watch films to relax, not to be tasked with the work of reading. Yet here I am, spreading the gospel of foreign films.

On Monday evening, I had the pleasure of watching Lightbox Africa’s Kikuyu and Kiswahili film ‘Uyu ni Mwariguo?’ at Alliance Francaise, a short film that was a delight. Leading up to it was a series of short French films that were shown as part of MyFrenchFilmFestival.com, a chance for everyday folk to stream French films.

On both the 8th and the 15th of this month, Alliance Francaise Nairobi will be showing more of those films and one can watch them online. It may be anything from brushing up on your French (though some have no dialogue) to enjoying fare that is not produced in Hollywood. Either way, it would be interesting to find out what your thoughts on them are. If you watch any, please let us know what you think in the comment section.