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Documentary Screening: Mogadishu Girls go to the Beach, Apr. 7 2014 @ Tribe

Somalia_cooperatioze italiana

April 2, 2014 at 3:28 pm Leave a comment

Movie screening: 7 vírgenes, Mar. 4 2014 @ Embassy of Spain

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Please remember that the films at the Embassy are shown free of charge and that all films are in Spanish with subtitles in English.

Location: The Embassy of Spain, 3rd Floor of the CBA building in Upperhill.
Days: On the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month as described above.
Time: 5pm. PLEASE BE PUNCTUAL.

Looking forward to see you there and thank you for sharing this information with your friends.

February 28, 2014 at 2:06 pm Leave a comment

Premier Screenings: House of Lungula, Feb. 12 2014 @ Arfa Lounge – Imax Kenya

HOUSE OF LUNGULA VERTICAL
You can now watch HOUSE of Lungula at IMAX Kenya – Arfa Lounge daily for only Ksh 300!

House Of Lungula has been doing rounds in cinemas to a very impressive reception. It premiered both at Century Cinemax The Junction Nairobi and in Nyali Cinemax Mombasa in front of full houses! The movie made it to the international stage also, with 2 screenings in Bristol England this week.

The Producers of the movie heard the cry of the many Nairobians who were not able to catch it at Junction Cinemax because of the distance and have now managed to bring the movie closer to you.

This Wednesday the 12th of February at 6.30pm the adult comedy will have its official premier at IMAX Kenya – Arfa Lounge – Mama Ngina street (CBD) – with the movie stars in full 3D! It will be a red carpet affair with drinks and canapés followed by a screening of the movie for just Ksh 300!

The movie will be screened daily in the same venue 3 times a day for 300ksh! For the exact times check the IMAX Kenya page:

For more updates about the movie, like the House of Lungula Facebook page

February 12, 2014 at 2:24 pm Leave a comment

Movie screening: Ma che colpa abbiamo noi?: Feb. 13 2014 @ Italian Institute of Culture

ma che colpa abbiamo noi

Directed by: Carlo Verdone
Cast: Margherita Buy, Anita Caprioli, Stefano Pesce, Antonio Catania, Lucia Sardo.
Duration: 114 minutes
Genre: Romantic comedy
Language: Italian (English subtitles)
Award: David for Best screen play

Floored by the demise of the decrepit psychiatrist that guided them, the eight participants of a therapy group – each affected by a different ailment – look for a substitute.
Having verified the inadequacy of the alternative, all except one decide to continue the experience and manage themselves. The idea reveals itself not to be easy, so much so that after the first few meetings the group decides to separate. The suicide of the person who had abandoned the analysis will make them meet again and convince them to spend a week-end together: finding intimacy again will produce unexpected hopeful results contributing towards a change for many of them.

event website

February 11, 2014 at 3:59 pm Leave a comment

Movie screening: Muerte de un ciclista, Feb. 18 2014 @ Embassy of Spain

muerte de un ciclista

Please remember that the films at the Embassy are shown free of charge and that all films are in Spanish with subtitles in English.

Location: The Embassy of Spain, 3rd Floor of the CBA building in Upperhill.
Days: On the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month as described above.
Time: 5pm. PLEASE BE PUNCTUAL.

February 11, 2014 at 2:06 pm 1 comment

Kenya’s Songs of Protest: Documentary & CD Compilation Preview Concert, Jan. 31 2014 @ Alliance Française

Songs of Protest
Date: January 31, 2014
Venue: Alliance Française
Time: 7-11 pm
Free Entrance

Performance by: Just a Band, Sarabi, Eric Wainaina and Makadem
Hosted by: John Sibi-Okumu

January 23, 2014 at 2:36 pm 1 comment

Dream to Screen: 48 Hour Film Project Nairobi, Nov. 29 – Dec. 1 2013 @ Various Venues in Nairobi

48HFP_Competition Poster
The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which teams of filmmakers and aspiring filmmakers have a blast making a movie. All writing, shooting, editing and scoring must be completed in just 48 hours.

In 2013 the 48HFP will visit more than 120 cities where more than 60,000 people will make short films. The Project has truly spread to the four corners of the globe as filmmakers from Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas will compete to see who can make the best short film in a weekend.

On Friday the 29th of November, participating teams will gather at The Michael Joseph Center (HQ2 Waiyaki Way, Westlands) where they will be given a genre, a character, a prop, and a line of dialogue they MUST work into their film. Films submitted even 1-minute late on 1st December 2013 will be disqualified.

Check out a video created by 150 filmmakers from 18 cities on 6 continents describing how the 48 Hour Film Project works. See video here

All films made during the 48Hour Film Project will premier on the big screen to the open public.

PRIZE FOR THE WINNING FILM
• The Director of the winning film will receive screenwriting software.
• The top 3 films will be premiered on Shorts TV both locally and internationally: http://www.shorts.tv
• The Best Film from Nairobi will be awarded a trophy and screened at the 48 Hour Film Project Filmapalooza in 2014. (The 48Hour film Project’s annual awards ceremony)
• The top 12 films globally will screen at the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner.

A little history on the 48 Hour film Project:
To register teams go to this link
To learn the rules of the 48Hour Film Project go to this link


THE EVENTS

48Hour Film Project MEET & GREET (POTENTIAL PARTICIPANTS MEET TO LEARN ABOUT THE COMPETITION & NETWORK)
Date: Saturday 9th November 2013
Time: 10:30am
Venue: The Michael Joseph Center, HQ2 Wiyaki Way, Westlands


“The Best of 48HFP” (A SHOWCASE OF WINNING FILMS FROM ACROSS THE WORLD)

Date: Saturday 16thNovember 2013
Time: 7pm
Venue: The Nest, Jabavu Rd. opp Kilimani Police Station

COMPETITION KICK OFF (REGISTERED TEAMS WILL MEET HERE TO RECEIVE DETAILS FOR THEIR FILMS)
Date: Friday, 29th November 2013
Time: 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Venue: The Michael Joseph Center, HQ2 Wiyaki Way, Westlands

COMPETITION DROP OFF & WRAP PARTY (TEAMS WILL MEET HERE TO SUBMIT THE FILM THEY’VE CREATED)
Date: Sunday, 1st December 2013
Time: 7:30pm SHARP (films must be submitted by 7:30pm to be on time!)
Venue: The Michael Joseph Center, HQ2 Wiyaki Way, Westlands

Premiere Screenings
Date: 10th and 11th December 2013
Time: 10:30 & 7pm
Venue: Century Cinemax – The Junction
Price: TBA

Awards Ceremony
Date: 13th December 2013
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: The Michael Joseph Center, HQ2 Wiyaki Way, Westlands

Also, checkout two films that we’ve taken to the Cannes Film Festival as winners in the Southern Africa leg of the competition:

“Child” Cannes 2012′s short film official selection

“Past Tense” Cannes 2013′s short film official selection

http://www.48hourfilm.com/en/about/press.films.php?film=122

Some global winners

“Cake” Winner Greensborough 2012

“Jacques Serres” Winner 2012 Paris

http://www.48hourfilm.com/en/about/press.films.php

November 26, 2013 at 9:51 am Leave a comment

Japanese Anime Festival, Oct. 5 2013 @ Japan Information & Culture Centre – Embassy of Japan

Japanese Anime Festival
The Japan Information & Culture Centre would like to invite you to the Japanese Anime Festival which will be held on Saturday, 5th October 2013. The details of the Festival are as follows:

Date: Saturday, 5th October 2013
Venue: Japan Information and Culture Centre – Embassy of Japan
Gates Open: 9:30 am
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Entry: Free*

Three movies will be shown during the Japanese Anime Festival. These are ‘Miyori in the Sacred Forest’, ‘5 Centimeters per Second’ and ‘The Place Promised in our Early Days’. In addition to the movie screening, there will be a manga display, fact sheets display and a cosplay competition.

Please find attached a detailed information brochure: Anime Festival Brochure

* In order to attend the Japanese Anime Festival, kindly note that it will be necessary to register beforehand.
Early registration will also be necessary prior to attending functions at the Embassy of Japan. To register, kindly send an email to jinfocul@nb.mofa.go.jp or call 020-2898510.

In addition, kindly note that lunch and drinks will not be served during the Japanese Anime Festival. We encourage you to carry your own.

In case you have any inquiries, please call us on 020-2898-510 or email jinfocul@nb.mofa.go.jp

October 2, 2013 at 11:39 am Leave a comment

3rd Brazilian Film Festival, Oct. 1-4 2013 @ Alliance Francaise Auditorium

Brazilian Film Festival
The Embassy of Brazil in Nairobi presents the third edition of the Brazilian Film Festival in Kenya, which will feature some of the most prominent names of the current generation of Brazilian filmmakers.

Dates: October 1-4, 2013
Venue: Alliance Francaise Auditorium
Time: 5.30 pm Daily
Entry: Free

Programme
Brazilian Film Festival
October 1, 2013 at 5.30 pm– God is Brazilian
October 2, 2013 at 5.30 pm – Gonzaga, Father & Son
October 3, 2013 at 5.30 pm – The Clown | 7.30 pm – Master Building
October 4, 2013 at 5.30 pm – A Dog’s Will | 7.30 pm – No More Blues

For more info visit http://nairobi.itamaraty.gov.br/

September 27, 2013 at 12:45 pm Leave a comment

Screening: Three for the Road, Sept. 28 2013 @ Japan Information & Culture Centre – Embassy of Japan

Three for the Road
Date: Saturday, 28th September 2013
Time: 2 pm
Gates Open: 1:30 pm
Venue: Japan Information & Culture Centre, Embassy of Japan, Mara Road, Upper Hill

Screening: Three for the Road

Synopsis
YAJI has lost his wife and son to an epidemic and he lives alone in a ramshackle row house, eking out a living sculpting fancy pastries. He is in love with OKINO, a popular local courtesan, but she remains frustratingly beyond his reach.

Okino decides to lie to Yaji, pleading “Help me run away to see my dying father one last time.” Yaji rises to the occasion and proclaims he will engineer her escape from the pleasure quarters and take her to her native village.
Just then, a man appears outside the window. He is KITA, Yaji’s childhood friend. A second-rate actor, Kita has just totally screwed up an important part on stage and has lost his will to live. Kita decides Yaji and Okino’s impending journey is the perfect way out of his predicament and pesters Yaji to let him join them…

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In order to attend the movie screening, kindly note that it will be necessary to register beforehand. Early registration will also be necessary prior to attending functions at the Embassy of Japan.

To register, kindly send an email to jinfocul@nb.mofa.go.jp or call 020-2898510.

For more information on the movie, check out their website http://www.ke.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc.html; call 020-2898510

September 25, 2013 at 2:28 pm Leave a comment

[Postponed] Film Screening: High Tech Soul – The Creation of Techno Music, Sept. 26 2013 @ Goethe

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In light of the tragic events which occurred over the weekend and the subsequent declaration of 3 days of national mourning this event has been postponed to a future date to be communicated by the organisers.

Date: 26th September 2013
Venue: Goethe-Institut, Auditorium
Time: 6.30 pm
Admission: free

More info here

September 25, 2013 at 1:51 pm Leave a comment

Lecture: International Distribution Possibilities for African Films, Sept. 22 2013 @ Heron Hotel

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So you have either decided you want to make a movie or you have actually completed making a film – congratulations.
What´s next for you? Who will see my film?
Where will they see it and how? At the cinema? On DVD? On the internet or mobile?
How will I pay back the debts I took on during production? How do I make a living with filmmaking in the future, especially now that I have used up all my favours with my family and friends and sponsors?

Words like “exhibition”, “theatrical release”, “VOD” and “Minimum Guarantee” start entering your life and you wonder…. what do those things mean?
And why should I actually bother with marketing and distribution during production?

Philipp Hoffmann is discussing these questions and shares his experience on possibilities.

Please be on time!
Limited space only, admission on first come first serve basis.

In case of any questions, please inbox us.

This Lecture is part of the ONE FINE DAY FILM Workshops and a partnership project between the DW Akademie, ONE FINE DAY FILMS and GINGER INK. It is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development , the Film- & Medienstiftung NRW, the Goethe-Institut Nairobi and ARRI Film- & TV Services.

September 20, 2013 at 9:50 am 1 comment

3rd Slum Film Festival, Until Sept. 9 2013 @ Kibera & Mathare

Slum Film Festival
Dates: August 26 – September 9, 2013
Venue: Kibera & Mathare

SFF 3rd Edition Trailer from Slum Film Festival on Vimeo.

For the programme and more info. visit the festival’s website: http://slumfilmfestival.net/

September 7, 2013 at 3:37 pm Leave a comment

Film Screenings: Images of Kenya, Sept. 10-12 2013 @ Goethe-Institut Auditorium

Dates: September 10-12, 2013
Venue: Goethe-Institut Auditorium
Time: 5 pm
Admission free

September 5, 2013 at 4:31 pm Leave a comment

Documentary [RE] Screening: God Loves Uganda, Sept. 6 2013 @ the NEST

God Loves Uganda
Date: September 6, 2013
Venue: The Nest
Time: 6.30 pm
Entry: Prior Reservation

About
A powerful exploration of the evangelical campaign to change African culture with values from America’s Fundamental Christian Right.

Description
God Loves Uganda explores the role of the American evangelical movement in Uganda, where American missionaries have been credited with both creating schools and hospitals and promoting dangerous religious bigotry. The film follows evangelical leaders in America and Uganda along with politicians and missionaries as they attempt the radical task of eliminating “sexual sin” and converting Ugandans to fundamentalist Christianity.

As an American influenced bill to make homosexuality punishable by death wins widespread support, tension in Uganda mounts and an atmosphere of murderous hatred takes hold. The film reveals the conflicting motives of faith and greed, ecstasy and egotism, among Ugandan ministers, American evangelical leaders and the foot soldiers of a theology that sees Uganda as a test case, ground zero in a battle not for millions, but billions of souls.

Through verite, interviews, and hidden camera footage – and with unprecedented access – God Loves Uganda takes viewers inside the evangelical movement in both the US and Uganda. It features Lou Engle, the creator of The Call which brings tens of thousands of believers together to pray against sexual sin. It provides a rare view of the most powerful evangelical minister in Uganda, who lives in a mansion where he’s served by a white-coated chef. It goes into a Ugandan church where a preacher whips a congregation into mass hysteria with anti-gay rhetoric.

It records the culture clash between enthusiastic Midwestern missionaries and world weary Ugandans. It features a heartbreaking interview with gay activist David Kato shortly before he was murdered. It tells the moving story of Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, a minister excommunicated, ostracized and literally spat on for being tolerant and his remarkable campaign for peace and healing in Uganda. Shocking, horrifying, touching and enlightening, God Loves Uganda will make you question what you thought you knew about religion.

September 4, 2013 at 4:30 pm Leave a comment

Documentary Screening: God Loves Uganda, Aug. 31 2013 @ The Nest

God Loves Uganda
Date: August 31, 2013
Venue: The Nest
Time: 6.30 pm
Entry: Prior Reservation

About

A powerful exploration of the evangelical campaign to change African culture with values from America’s Fundamental Christian Right.

Description

God Loves Uganda explores the role of the American evangelical movement in Uganda, where American missionaries have been credited with both creating schools and hospitals and promoting dangerous religious bigotry. The film follows evangelical leaders in America and Uganda along with politicians and missionaries as they attempt the radical task of eliminating “sexual sin” and converting Ugandans to fundamentalist Christianity.

As an American influenced bill to make homosexuality punishable by death wins widespread support, tension in Uganda mounts and an atmosphere of murderous hatred takes hold. The film reveals the conflicting motives of faith and greed, ecstasy and egotism, among Ugandan ministers, American evangelical leaders and the foot soldiers of a theology that sees Uganda as a test case, ground zero in a battle not for millions, but billions of souls.

Through verite, interviews, and hidden camera footage – and with unprecedented access – God Loves Uganda takes viewers inside the evangelical movement in both the US and Uganda. It features Lou Engle, the creator of The Call which brings tens of thousands of believers together to pray against sexual sin. It provides a rare view of the most powerful evangelical minister in Uganda, who lives in a mansion where he’s served by a white-coated chef. It goes into a Ugandan church where a preacher whips a congregation into mass hysteria with anti-gay rhetoric. It records the culture clash between enthusiastic Midwestern missionaries and world weary Ugandans. It features a heartbreaking interview with gay activist David Kato shortly before he was murdered. It tells the moving story of Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, a minister excommunicated, ostracized and literally spat on for being tolerant and his remarkable campaign for peace and healing in Uganda. Shocking, horrifying, touching and enlightening, God Loves Uganda will make you question what you thought you knew about religion.

August 28, 2013 at 12:16 am Leave a comment

Film Aid 7th Film Festival 2013 – The Right to Tell Our Stories, Aug. 21-23 2013 @ Alliance, Kibera & Mathare

Film Aid Festival NBO
Dates: August 21-23, 2013
Venue: Alliance, Kibera & Mathare

Theme of the Festival: The Right to Tell Our Stories

Programme
Programme
Film Aid Festival: Movies, Documentaries, Film by Refugees, Award Ceremonies, Panel Discussions & Regular Screenings

August 14, 2013 at 1:53 pm Leave a comment

Film screening: My Left Foot, Aug. 10 2013 @ Braeburn School

my left foot

August 9, 2013 at 7:51 pm Leave a comment

Crowd Funding Campaign: Support the Slum Film Festival!

slum film festival

In a few days, this crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo will be closed. We are hoping to reach the fund-raising goal of 4,000 Euros (approx. 5,140 US Dollars or 3,460 British Pounds) for this cultural event in some of Nairobi’s largest slums, but we still have a long ways to go. I know that there are many good causes that need your attention these days, but I hope that you will take a moment to read to the end of this e-mail and consider why our project really needs your support…

BACKGROUND: Kibera and Mathare are slums just on the outskirts of upscale suburbs of Nairobi with an estimated combined population between 200,000 to 1 million people living in just a couple of square kilometers. As you can see from the video on our website, the slums are composed of houses and shops made of corrugated metal sheets arranged in a maze-like arrangement with dirt paths, open sewers, and communal pit latrines. Due to the mass migration from rural to urban areas in recent decade, UN Habitat estimates that 1 in 6 people around the world live in slums like these.
The health, economic, and human rights issues that might arise from such a dense population and severe poverty have been well described by many organizations and news outlets. What many of these official reports and academic papers fail to capture, however, is the incredible cultural richness and vibrant creative energy that flows from the individuals in these slums. There are schools, butcheries, cell phone shops, clinics, football pitches, and bus stops where people are interacting with each other and living their lives. And while it looks starkly different from the daily reality of a British, European or American city, all of the essential components that bind a group of people into a community are present.
Our local film partners in these slums have been working for years to provide long term training and mentoring to creative individuals who want to develop their ability to share stories and ideas through the medium of film. The final products are truly outstanding works of art (you can see for yourself on youtube!) and, most importantly, resonate with the people in the community who see these productions.

PROBLEM:Here’s the problem: very few people in the slums see these locally made films. In an area where space is at a premium and pocket change is rare, there are no large movie theatres. In a community where few people have computers and even shared Internet is expensive, access to youtube or Hulu is limited. There are huge audiences who want to view these films and local filmmakers who want to show their films, but the requirements for screenings film media on a large scale require organization and funds far beyond the means of these communities… Until now…

Our solution: The Slum Film Festival! For 7 days at the beginning of September, we rent enormous inflatable screens, projectors, sound systems, and generators (remember, there is no steady electricity in these areas) to transform an open field in the heart of the slum into a massive outdoor movie theatre. We advertise the events several weeks prior to the screenings through printed programmes and cell phone text messages. Before the screenings, we also invite local performance artists to share their music and dancing with the crowds and create an entire evening of cultural activities. It is a lot of fun! For most screenings, we will usually draw a crowd of more than 500 people. While the audiences are seeing the final product of these filmmakers, our team of film festival partners and organizers are also working behind the scenes running weeklong workshops that educate early-career filmmakers on everything from the technical aspects of editing to navigating the process of bringing your art to a larger audience. Over 80 individuals have benefited from these workshops in the past editions and we are hoping to train another 50 this year.

Our film festival is not a traditional film festival because our target audience is not industry executives or the rich and famous. We believe in investing our resources in individuals who are often overlooked by our global society – the residents of these slums. This is why every euro/pound/dollar that you contribute goes directly to the costs of hiring equipment, reimbursing bus fare for local artists, purchasing text messages, and supporting the basic daily needs of our participants at the workshops. All of our international consultants are funded by outside grants and programs to specifically support their assistance with this festival. When you donate to the Slum Film Festival, you are donating directly to the artists and art-enthusiasts in the slum.

Thanks again for your support. We can’t wait to give you the update after our 3rd edition of the Slum Film Festival to let you know how many people you helped to have a great night at the movies.

Slum Film Festival website http://slumfilmfestival.net/

July 11, 2013 at 3:51 pm 2 comments

Screening: Africa – History of a Continent, Jun. 26 2013 @ Louis Leakey Auditorium – National Museum

Africa
Date: June 26, 2013
Venue:Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum
Time: 5.30 pm
Entry: Free

June 24, 2013 at 10:36 am Leave a comment

Screening: 12 Angry Men, Jun. 21 2013 @ the Nest

12 angry men
Date: June 21, 2013
Venue: the Nest
Time: 7 pm
Entry: Free
RSVP: muse@b9-studios.com

12 Angry Men (1957), or Twelve Angry Men (1957), is the gripping, penetrating, and engrossing examination of a diverse group of twelve jurors (all male, mostly middle-aged, white, and generally of middle-class status) who are uncomfortably brought together to deliberate after hearing the ‘facts’ in a seemingly open-and-shut murder trial case. They retire to a jury room to do their civic duty and serve up a just verdict for the indigent minority defendant (with a criminal record) whose life is in the balance.

Watch the trailer here

June 20, 2013 at 3:49 pm Leave a comment

Slum Film Festival 2013, Sept. 2-9 2013 @ Kibera and Mathare

slum-festival

After two successful years, the Slum Film Festival is preparing its third edition, expanding its focus to slum stories from across the African continent. The third edition of the Festival will be celebrated in Nairobi on September 2 – 9 2013, in open grounds at both Kibera and Mathare (Nairobi’s biggest slums), as well as central cultural venues around the city.
We know that there are many causes that need our attention nowadays, but if you understand the immense power of arts and culture to help create a different world, please take 2 minutes of your time to watch the video and read more about the project here:

Slum Film Festival 2013 website

June 17, 2013 at 4:40 pm Leave a comment

Out of Town/Eldoret: 3rd European Film Festival, Jun. 21-23 2013 @ Alliance Francaise d’Eldoret

Eu in Kenya
Date: June 21-23, 2013
Venue: Alliance Francaise d’Eldoret
Time: Friday 6 pm, Saturday & Sunday 1, 3 & 5 pm
Entrance: Free

Programme
Friday: 6 pm Late Bloomers
Saturday: 1 pm The Imposter, 3 pm Wrinkles & 5 pm L’Arbre
Sunday: 1 pm Sleep Tight, 3 pm The Dinner Club & 5 pm Searching for Sugar Man

June 17, 2013 at 1:25 pm Leave a comment

Screening: Israeli Film Festival, Jun. 11-15 2013 @ Alliance

Israel in kenya FF
Dates: June 11-15, 2013
Venue: Alliance Francaise
Time: 5.30 pm and 7.30 pm
Entry: Free

Programme
June 11, 2013: 5.30 pm – Metallic Blues, 7.30 pm – The Matchmaker
June 12, 2013: 5.30 pm – Campfire, 7.30 pm – The Human Resource Manager
June 13, 2013: 5.30 pm – Frozen Days, 7.30 pm – Mabul (the Flood)
June 14, 2013: 5.30 pm – Five hours from Paris, 7.30 pm – Footnote
June 15, 2013: 4.00 pm – Turn left at the end of the World, 7.30 pm – Restoration

June 6, 2013 at 4:10 pm Leave a comment

European Film Festival: Searching for Sugar Man, May 13, 19 & 23 2013 @ Alliance

Searching for Sugar Man
Venue: Alliance Francaise
Tickets: Kshs 50

Screening Dates & Time
May 13, 2013 at 5.30 pm
May 19, 2013 at 5.30 pm
May 23, 2013 at 7.30 pm

Searching for Sugar Man tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ’70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late ’60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation leads them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez. — (C) Sony Pictures Classics

Winner of the 2013 Oscar for Best Documentary & BAFTA Film Award for Best Documentary

May 14, 2013 at 3:27 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition on Historical Italian Fashion & Film Chronicles of a Love Affair, May 17 2013 @ Italian Cultural Centre

Exhibition and Film at ICC
Date: May 17, 2013
Venue: Italian Institute of Culture, Westlands
Time: 6.45 for 7 pm
Entry: Free

May 14, 2013 at 9:28 am Leave a comment

Screening: Something Necessary, May 10 2013 @ the Nest

Something Neccessary
Date: May 10, 2013
Venue: The Nest
Time: Screening at 1900h
RSVP by email: to muse@b9-studios.com

Something Necessary is an intimate moment in the lives of Anne and Joseph. A woman struggling to rebuild her life after the civil unrest that swept Kenya after the 2007 elections claiming the life of her husband, the health of her son and leaving her home on an isolated farm in the Kenyan countryside in ruins, she now has nothing but her resolve to rebuild her life left. A young man, troubled gang member who participated in the countrywide violence is drawn to Anne and her farm seemingly in search of redemption. Both, Joseph and Anne need something that only the other can give to allow them to shed the painful memories of their past and move on. – IMDb

Watch the trailer

Some members of the cast and crew will be at the screening for a discussion after the film.

May 9, 2013 at 1:52 pm Leave a comment

Sensual Comedy: House of Lungula, Coming Soon – Early July @ The Cinemas

House of Lungula
HOUSE of Lungula is a Sexy Comedy touching on the sexual habits of Kenyans.
Based on many true stories…

Starring: Ian Mbugua, Lizz Njagah, Gerald Langiri, Sarah Hassan, Helena Waithera, Lenana Kariba, Gitau Ngogoyo, Nice Githinji, Diana Nekoye, Lydia Gitachu, Auma Njagah, Sheila Kwamboka and Alex Konstantaras

Filmed by John Wambugu and directed by Alex Konstantaras, Lizz Njagah & Aggie Nyagari. Sound by Naftali Wambugu

May 7, 2013 at 3:21 pm 3 comments

Spanish Film Screening: De tu ventana a la mía, May 14 2013 @ Embassy of Spain

de tu ventana a la mia

Interwoven emotions and struggles of three women of different generations aiming to build the lives they desire, their own future, love and dreams. All of them lose the love of their lives and they will have to pursue their happiness and fight for their dignity in a dark and hostile word.

Please remember that the films at the Embassy are shown free of charge and that all films are in Spanish with subtitles in English.
Location: The Embassy of Spain, 3rd Floor of the CBA building in Upperhill.
When: Wednesday, 14th May
Time: From 5pm. PLEASE BE PUNCTUAL.

May 5, 2013 at 7:19 pm Leave a comment

Book Presentation/Film & Panel Discussion: An Evening with Dr. Auma Obama, May 9 2013 @ Goethe Institut

Auma Obama Reading and Film Show
Date: May 9, 2013
Venue: Goethe-Institut Auditorium
Time: 6 pm
Entrance free of charge

Dr. Auma Obama, the elder sister of the US president Barack Obama, launched the original version of her memoir in German in March 2011 at the Goethe-Institut. The memoir has since been translated into English.

Dr. Obama will participate in a discussion of her book “And Then Life Happens”, followed by the screening of a documentary film about her life “The Education of Auma Obama” (by Branwen Okpako, 2011).

Dr. Obama studied German at the University of Heidelberg, Film Production at the German Film and TV Academy in Berlin, and later obtained her PhD from the University of Bayreuth in 1996.

May 4, 2013 at 3:07 pm Leave a comment

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