Kenyan films Ni Sisi and Soko Sonko both made their US premiere at the 2014 African Film Festival in New York City this past week to much fan fare.
Soko Sonko (The Market King) which was directed by Ekwa Msangi is a short centered around its main character Kabibi, whose dad takes her to the market to her hair braided instead of her mother because she’s sick. A fish out water, this well-intentioned dad goes on a roller coaster of a journey where no man has gone before ….. because only women have been there.
Ni Sisi which is directed by Nick Reding is S.A.F.E.’s new movie, featuring all your favorite S.A.F.E. actors. The film promote peace and a unified Kenyan identity and spreads the message of personal accountability and strength through a gripping story and humor!
S.A.F.E is a Kenyan non-profit organization that uses street theater, films and community programmes to educate, inspire and deliver social change in Kenya
The festival which was held at the Walter Reade Theater had some great screenings from all over the continent that included Half of a Yellow Sun, based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s best selling book with the same title. the film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton.