Pascal Tokodi Features In Kenya’s First-ever Christmas Film

Actor and singer Pascal Tokodi has featured on the first-ever Kenyan Christmas film set to premiere on December 15.

A ‘Familiar Christmas’, by Showmax, is about the Moran family reuniting and spending a Christmas holiday together for the first time in three years.

Pascal Tokodi, plays Melita, the Casanova of the family who falls in love rather too quickly. He’s also a bit of a rebel who doesn’t mind causing a little tension at a family gathering.

The movie has been directed by award-winning filmmaker Reuben Odanga (Selina), making this his second feature film after Nafsi, which became the first Kenyan film to achieve an 8-week consecutive theatrical run.

Speaking of the film, Odanga said he made the film because Christmas reminds him about family and get-togethers that happened in December.

“I love Christmas because it’s usually a time to step back and let go of the pressure of the year. In Kenya, Christmas means going home for the majority of us, where we get to interact with our extended family,” says Odanga.

“To be the first to direct Kenya’s first Christmas feature film means documenting our present culture to offer something that is relatable to the Kenyan audience. It’s daring and exciting at the same time,” Odanga adds.

“I have always felt that our content sometimes doesn’t take significant calendar events like Christmas into account. A Familiar Christmas captures the mood of the season from our perspective; it’s a step to bring our content and culture home.”

Other appearances in the movie include Ellan band member Maureen Kunga who plays Noni, Melita’s uptight sister, Keith Chuaga (Igiza, Famous) plays Allan, Noni’s husband, Zora actress Alice Mbeyu plays the family matriarch Tabitha and Dennis Musyoka (Maria, Crime and Justice) plays the Moran family patriarch Frank.

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