Toronto Film Festival: Kenyan Films ‘Baba’ and ‘Free Money’ Premiere To Sold Out Theatres

Two Kenyan films over the weekend premiered in Canada during the Toronto International Film Festival.

The short film Baba, which was directed by Mbithi Masya and is based on a six-year-old Baba with the ability to teleport played in the festival alongside “Free Money”, directed by Sam Soko and Lauren DeFilippo.

Free Money is a documentary that chronicles the efforts of a nonprofit called GiveDirectly, founded by a group of Harvard-educated entrepreneurs hoping to end world poverty.

To accomplish this, they have devised an experiment where all residents in select villages are given a monthly universal basic income via their mobile phones for 12 years. 

On Twitter, Sam celebrated the fete by appreciating the hard work of his team.

“Double hit at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival,” he said.

“@TIFF_NET  Our five-year-in-the-making feature doc, Free Money, which I co-directed with Lauren DeFilippo, aaaand  @shortfilmBABA will also be having their world premiere!”

Among Kenyans who went to support the two films is CNN journalist Larry Madowo. The Journalist flew all the way to Canada to watch the film in solidarity.

“Some personal news: The world premiere of our documentary ‘Free Money’ was magical! A sold out theatre, raving reviews and excellent reception at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was filmed over 5 years and follows what happens when an American NGO gives everyone in a poor* Kenyan village free money every month,” said Madowo.

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