The first half of NBO Film Festival just wrapped up yesterday, 29th January and while waiting for the second half from 3rd to 5th February, here’s a few films that I feel need to come out as soon as possible!
Film on movers and shakers in Kenya
There are so many people who have done or who do a lot of great things in Kenya. Wouldn’t it be great to watch a movie on the late Wangari Mathai and her quest to conserve the environment? The struggles she went through? Opposition? Other movies based on people’s lives that I would love to watch are Martha Karua, the late Michuki, former Safaricom CEO Michael Joseph (I’d like to assume that this one would probably be something close to a Wallstreet movie).
I’d also love to see a movie based on the colonial era and some of the leaders such as Dedan Kimathi, Tom Mboya etc, who were at the forefront in fighting for Kenya’s independence as well as the rights of Kenyans.
Perhaps a movie based on the likes of Vigeti? He’s one of those celebrated as the pioneers of Kenyan Hip Hop, a gifted individual with a drug problem. Such a movie (or series) could show how he got into Hip Hop, where he drew his inspiration, how he got into drugs and him being clean. It could also highlight his breakthroughs and conquests.
Such movies could definitely serve as “history books” and would make it interesting for anyone trying to understand part of Kenyan culture without necessarily having to go through several books to get his info.
I know what you’re thinking, that’s pretty sensitive… and it is but think about it this way. When 9/11 happened, there were several movies that came out to try and explain the situation. There have been a couple tragedies in Kenya over the past few years, the biggest one being the Post Election Violence in 2007. Another film that would be great is a film made on August 98 bombing. Many 90s babies were so young and probably couldn’t understand what was happening at the time.
Another film based on tragedy is the Garrissa attacks, that would tell the story of how the terrorists got into the school, the horror of them shooting at anyone who was in their way and how the Kenyan government took care of the situation. The Westagate attacks would also be a good movie to watch if production is well taken care of.
Sounds pretty selfish to make a movie and money based on tragedy but on the flip side, these are the movies that will educate the masses on what really happened, with slight modifications of course. They could also be used to show how the government deals with such crises.
I recently just finished watching Narcos, a docu series based on the life of Pablo Escobar who was one of the biggest drug lords in Colombia. I remember in 2000 when I was younger where a certain Kenyan drug lord was gunned down and it was such a big deal that they showed his body on TV, with a bullet hole in his head. If I recall correctly. His name was Akasha and it was believed that he had been caught in the crossfire of a vicious war between Dutch and Yugoslav gangs. Akasha was shot in Amsterdam and media reports indicated that he had fallen out with Yugoslav barons active in the Netherlands and other parts of Europe after he had failed to pay a hero pin consignment worth Kshs 200 million.
Now, imagine a well executed, very well produced Kenyan docu series on the life of Akasha!
There’s so much that we can produce here in the 254 and since everything seems to be popping off great, these films would be great to have on our TV screens so we can learn the history of our country in a fun way that can be passed on over generations.
If anyone from the film industry is reading this, please do something!