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Freiburger Film Forum – Festival of Transcultural Cinema, May 6-16 2021 @ Home

Dates: May 6-16, 2021

Medium: Online

Some of the featured Kenyan films include: The Letter, Coachez, If Objects Could Speak and Tales of the Accidental City.


With 30 films stretched over 10 Days, the 2021 edition will take a closer look at a broad variety of socio-cultural topics: everyday lives, working conditions, experiences of migration, consequences of economic growth and questions of diverse cultural identities. Next to feature documentaries and fictions from established filmmakers, the students’ platform will present a careful selection of debut films from all over the globe that are deeply personal, sensitive and committed to a cause. Some of the featured Kenyan films include: The LetterCoachez, If Objects Could Speak and Tales of the Accidental City

For the first time, this year’s edition allows us to watch online and discuss films together from various corners of the world, which has resulted in the addition of an exciting new facet to the festival: #FIFOJUNCTIONS! Partnering with DAP (Documentary Association Pakistan) and our friends from DocuBox in Nairobi, Kenya, we will use this opportunity to screen films simultaneously in these locations and discuss them from multiple perspectives.  

In addition to this collaboration with our partners in Kenya and Pakistan, other highlights from our program include: a panel on colonial heritage in Kenya and Germany, a workshop on Chinese weavings, a historic radio piece on the banlieues of Paris and a participative performance on African orature.  

Throughout the festival – from May 6 to May 16 – all films will be available to screen from home and will be free to view in Kenya. As the films will be live streamed from our cinema to your living rooms, they can be watched simultaneously worldwide. Following the live stream, there is also the opportunity for all viewers to participate in live, post-screening film discussions via zoom.

May 4, 2021 at 10:12 am Leave a comment

Nairobi Drive-In Cinema / Screenings: Live Love Nairobi Festival 2020, Dec 23 2020 @ Uhuru Park

Date: December 23, 2020
Venue: Uhuru Park
Time: 4-8 PM

We’re bringing back the olden goldies. We have partnered with Nairobi City County to bring you the Drive-In Cinema. Join Kenya Film Commission on 23 December 2020 at Uhuru Park and enjoy the best of Kenyan films.

December 22, 2020 at 8:09 pm Leave a comment

Karibu Korea: Screening: Korean Film Online, Oct. 1-31 2020

Dates: October 1-31, 2020

October 2, 2020 at 8:10 am Leave a comment

Screening: UNSEEN Nairobi: MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. – A Film by Steve Loveridge, Sept. 26 & 27 2020 @ The Rooftop, Wood Avenue Plaza

Date: September 26 & 27, 2020
Venue: The Rooftop, Wood Avenue Plaza
Time: 2.30 pm
Tickets: Kes 650/-. (email: to book a ticket)

For more information, visit

PS: Part of Unseen Nairobi’s September Family Screenings, is the hilarious animated family film Ratatouille. Sat & Sun at noon. Free entrance, but reservation required.

September 24, 2020 at 2:08 pm Leave a comment

Web Series: Shades of Benga by Ketebul, Every Fortnight Starting Sept. 9 2020 @ Ketebul Music and AF Facebook Pages and YouTube Channels

Première: Wednesday, September 9 2020
Time: 8 PM

This is a web series highlighting the story of #Kenya’s popular music between 1946 and 2016. It is based on the book ‘Shades of Benga’ featuring over 400 photographs, that was launched in 2017 by Ketebul Music.

It traces the roots of Kenya’s popular music from its origins, the end of the Second World War, to date.

The first episode will première on Wed. 9 Sept. at 8pm on the AF and Ketebul Music Facebook and Youtube channels.

September 9, 2020 at 11:52 am Leave a comment

Manyatta Screenings: Short Films Screening, Aug. 27 – 30 2020 @ YouTube Live

Dates: August 27 – 30, 2020
Medium: YouTube Live (
Time: 7.30 – 9 PM

Screening Schedule

August 26, 2020 at 5:08 pm Leave a comment

Documentary Film & Music Compilation: Sauti ft. Awilo Mike, Gargar, Kamanu M’tuamwari & Michel Ongaro


Sauti is a documentary film and music compilation by Ketebul Music that tells the personal experiences of 5 musicians who due to their personal circumstances find themselves facing discrimination and marginalization.

These artists find themselves sidelined and stigmatized either because of their physical disability, religious beliefs, sexual identity or ethnicity. Their human rights continue to be violated and curtailed by the society and the decision makers.

July 17, 2020 at 9:17 am Leave a comment

Screenings: Monday Movie Nights with Mugambi Nthiga – Oscar Snubs Vol. 1, Every Monday Evening @ K1 Klub – Parklands

Dates: Every Monday Evening
Time: 7.30 pm
Venue: K1 Klub House, Parklands
Entry: Free

February 9, 2020 at 4:37 pm Leave a comment

Screening: Tomorrow Documentary, Jan. 28 2020 @ The Alchemist Bar – Westlands

Date: January 28, 2020
Venue: The Alchemist Bar – Westlands
Time: 8 pm

As mankind is threatened by the collapse of the ecosystems, Cyril, Mélanie, Alexandre, Laurent, Raphäel and Antoine, all in their thirties, explore the world in search of solutions that can save their children, and with them, future generations. Using the most successful experiments in every area (agriculture, energy, habitat, economy, education, democracy…) they try to put back together the puzzle which may tell a new story of the future.

January 24, 2020 at 10:32 am Leave a comment

3rd Edition of Sherekea Israeli Film Festival, Nov. 27-29 2019 @ Nairobi National Museum

Sherekea – Israeli Film Festival is back!

Dates: November 27-29, 2019
Venue: Nairobi National Museum
Time: from 5.30 pm
Entry: Free


After 2 successful years, 20 movies and more than 2,000 cinema lovers, we are back for the 3rd edition with NEW and EXCITING films from the best film makers in Israel.

This year we have a special treat for you- we are happy to share all the screenings will be free of charge and open to the public.

Join us at Nairobi National Museum for 3 days of quality films, amazing experience, and great vibes!

For more info. visit Sherekea Facebook page.

November 19, 2019 at 10:59 am Leave a comment

Documentary Film Month, Nov. 4, 18 & 25 2019 @ Alliance Francaise Auditorium

Dates: November 4, 18 and 25 2019
Venue: Alliance Francaise Auditorium
Time: 6 pm
Entry: Free

November 1, 2019 at 11:07 am Leave a comment

Documentary Screenings & Discussion: Slavery Routes, Oct. 21 & 22 2019 @ Alliance Française Auditorium

Dates: October 21-22, 2019
Venue: Alliance Française Auditorium
Time: 6 pm
Entry: Free

‘Slavery Routes’ is a documentary in four parts, co-directed by Daniel Cattier, Juan Gélas and Fanny Glissant, with historical advisor Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch, Professor Emeritus at the University of Paris-Diderot.

This is the story of a world whose territories and own frontiers were built by the slave trade. A world where violence, subjugation and profit imposed their routes. The series traces the history of slave trade from the 5th to the 19th century, using various historical and scientific resources. The narrative is supported by scientific points of view with the filmmakers using compelling visuals to shed light on the different eras.

It also looks at the consequences of this history on contemporary societies

October 16, 2019 at 9:16 am Leave a comment

French Film Festival, Oct. 7-10 2019 @ Alliance Française Auditorium

Dates: October 7-10, 2019
Venue: Alliance Française Auditorium
Time: 6.30 pm
Entry: Free

October 1, 2019 at 12:39 pm Leave a comment

Kenya Premiere: Kifaru, Oct. 24 2019 @ Trademark Hotel – Village Market

Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Trademark Hotel Present:

The Kenyan Premiere of Kifaru – an award winning documentary about Sudan, the last male northern white Rhino.

Date: October 24, 2019
Venue: the Trademark Hotel, Village Market – Nairobi
Time: 6.30-10.30 pm

Ticket Prices: Advance KES 3,500/- (Until October 1st), Regular KES 4,000/- and VIP KES 5,000/ available, here

PS: Advance tickets are on sale until October 1st, 2019

The film is centered on the last male northern white rhino Sudan who died in 2018 rendering the species functionally extinct. It allows viewers to experience the joys and pitfalls of conservation first-hand through the lens of the men that look into the eyes of extinction on a daily basis.

The evening will start off with a reception and drink with the rhino caregivers, a raffle, followed by a silent auction – and will end with the screening. There will also be sale of merchandise throughout the evening.

The primary purpose of this movie première is to raise awareness towards conservation while at the same time, raising critical donations for ranger welfare on Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

For more information, visit Ol Pejeta website and Kifaru the film.

September 26, 2019 at 4:28 pm Leave a comment

Nairobi Film Festival, June 6-16 2019 @ Prestige Plaza – Ngong Road

The NBO Film Fest (Nairobi Film Festival) is back for its third year. It will be happening from 6th June 2019 to 16th June 2019 at Prestige Plaza, Ngong Road, Nairobi, Kenya. The Festival will feature films from Kenyan, African, Afro-Latin and Afro-Caribbean cinema.

Dates: June 6-16, 2019
Venue: Prestige Plaza, Ngong Road
Tickets are available on

This year, the schedule will include:

– Lusala, directed by Mugambi Nthiga
– Adama, directed by Simon Rouby
– Cook Off, directed by Tomas Brickhill
– Subira, directed by Sippy Chadha
– City Of God, directed by Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lund
– Keteke, directed by Peter Sedufia
– Miriam Miente, directed by Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada
– Talking About Trees, directed by Suhaib Gasmelbari
– Yuli, directed by Icíar Bollaín
– The Tokoloshe, directed by Jerome Pikwane
– Sew The Winter To My Skin, directed by Dom Pedro
– Liyana, directed by Aaron Kopp and Amanda Kopp
– Akasha, directed by Hajooj Kuka
– Mercy of the Jungle, director Joël Karekezi
– The Extraordinary Journey of Celeste Garcia, directed by Arturo Infante
– Five Fingers for Marseilles, directed by Michael Matthews
– The Burial of Kojo, directed by Blitz “The Ambassador” Bazawule

The festival will also include:

– A Selection Of Short Films curated by NBO Film Fest
– Shorts, Shorts and Shots, a selection of short films curated by Docubox

Download NBO Film Festival Programme 2019 (Pdf).

Co-founded by film director Mbithi Masya and producer Sheba Hirst, The NBO Film Fest wants to revitalise cinema-going culture in Nairobi as a critical means of contributing to the growth of a healthy film industry in Kenya. The festival began to do that in the last three years by presenting exceptional films from around the world that are rarely presented in Nairobi’s mainstream cinema and showing the best made Kenyan films in a lively festival format.

Lusala, a film directed by Mugambi Nthiga, produced by One Fine Day Films and Ginger Ink Films will make its world premiere at the festival. This will be continuing a tradition that started in the 2017 premiere of Kati Kati by Mbithi Masya and was followed by the 2018 premiere Supa Modo by Likarion Wainaina.

May 28, 2019 at 2:15 pm 1 comment

Ciné-Café: History of Cinema in Kenya, May 22 2019 @ Alliance Française

Date: May 19, 2019
Venue: Alliance Française
Time: 7 pm
Entry: Free

May 16, 2019 at 1:49 pm Leave a comment

Unseen Pop-up Cinema: Liyana, Mar. 23 2019 @ Circle Art Gallery

Date: March 23, 2019
Venue: Circle Art Gallery – 910 James Gichuru Road
Time: 5.30 – 11.30 pm
Tickets: Film – KES 700/-, Film & Food KES 1,300/- (Available, here)

This Saturday Unseen Nairobi organises it’s third event.

Popping up in the garden of Circle Art Gallery, we will be screening the magical and brilliant film LIYANA. For more information, visit the Facebook event page

March 20, 2019 at 10:36 am Leave a comment

Screening: 2nd Edition of Sherekea (Israeli) Film Festival, Nov. 15-17 2018 @ the National Museums of Kenya

Dates: November 15-17, 2018
Venue: the National Museums of Kenya

For more information, visit the festival Facebook page

November 15, 2018 at 12:24 pm Leave a comment

Out Film Festival Nairobi 2018: We Do Not Have the Luxury of Shame, Nov. 7-10 2018 @ Goethe Institut Auditorium

Dates: November 7-10, 2018
Venue: Goethe Institut Auditorium
Time: Weekdays 5 pm / Saturday 4 pm
Entry: Free

Download OUT Film Festival 2018 programme. (pdf)

Restricted: + 18 Years

November 1, 2018 at 12:06 pm 3 comments

Screening: Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Until Nov. 2 2018 @ Various Venues .

Dates: Until November 2, 2018
Venues: Alliance Française, Rift Valley Institute/BIEA, Amnesty Kenya Office’s

November 1, 2018 at 12:04 pm Leave a comment

Screening: UNSEEN Pop-up cinema – East African Premiere of the Documentary MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A., Oct. 27 2018 @ Nairobi Railway Museum – Railways

Date: October 27, 2018
Venue: Nairobi Railway Museum, Railways
Time: 5.30-11.30 pm
Tickets: Film & food Kes 1,300/-, and Kes 800/- film only. (Available here)

On October 27th, UNSEEN Nairobi organises its second event. Popping up between the old wagons at the Nairobi Railway Museum, we will be screening the East African premiere of the documentary MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.

For more information visit the link to the Facebook event page.

October 18, 2018 at 11:12 am Leave a comment

Brazilian Film Festival 2018, Oct. 9, 13, 16 & 23, 2018 @ Michael Joseph Centre – Safaricom House and Alliance Française Auditorium

Dates: October 9, 13, 16 & 23, 2018
Venue: Michael Joseph Centre – Safaricom House and Alliance Française (auditorium)

Brazilian Film Festival 2018
The Embassy of Brazil In Nairobi is pleased to invite you to the following programme

9 Oct | 18:00 – ARABY (2017)
Andre is a young boy that lives in an industrial neighborhood in Ouro Preto, Brazil, near an old aluminum factory. One day he finds a notebook from one of the factory workers. A film by João Dumans and Affonso Uchoa.
Michael Joseph Centre (Safaricom House)

13 Oct | 16:00 – GABRIEL AND THE MOUNTAIN (2017)
Before entering a prestigious American university, Gabriel Buchmann decided to travel the world for one year, his backpack full of dreams. After ten months on the road, he arrived in Kenya determined to discover the African continent. Until he reached the top of Mount Mulanje, Malawi, his final destination. A film by Fellipe Barbosa. Followed by a debate, with the presence of the director.
Alliance Française (auditorium)

16 Oct | 18:00 – NISE: THE HEART OF MADNESS (2015)
Based on the true story of Dr. Nise da Silveira, a psychiatrist in Brazil who treated her patients through art instead of electroshock therapy. A film by Roberto Berliner.
Michael Joseph Centre (Safaricom House)

23 Oct | 18:00 – BOY AND THE WORLD (2013)
A little boy goes on an adventurous quest in search of his father. A film by Alê Abreu.
Michael Joseph Centre (Safaricom House)

September 27, 2018 at 3:04 pm Leave a comment

Screening: Accidental Anarchist, Sept. 18 2018 @ Alliance Française Auditorium

Date: September 18, 2018
Venue: Alliance Française Auditorium
Time: 6.30 pm
Entry: Free

September 17, 2018 at 3:35 pm Leave a comment

Out of Town: Zanzibar International Film Festival, Jul. 7-15 2018 @ Stonetown, Zanzibar

Dates: July 7-15, 2018
Venue: Ngome Kongwe, Zanzibar

July 5, 2018 at 9:40 am Leave a comment

Screening of the Award – Winning Biopic Documentary: Jane, Jul. 7 2018 @ Tamarind Tree Hotel – Off Langata Road

Date: July 7, 2018
Venue: Tamarind Tree Hotel – Off Langata Road
Time: 6.30 for 7 pm
Tickets: Kes 4,000/-

July 3, 2018 at 11:17 am Leave a comment

EU Film Festival Highlights, Until May 27 2018 @ Various Venues in Nairobi

Dates: Until May 27, 2018
Venues: Various
Time: from 2 pm Daily (Workshops start from 10 am)
Entry: Free

Download Eff 2018_Festival Highlights (pdf)

May 18, 2018 at 10:21 am Leave a comment

European Film Festival at the National Museum of Kenya, May 11-13 2018 @ the National Museum of Kenya

Dates: May 11-13, 2018
Venue: the National Museum of Kenya, Louis Leakey Auditorium
Time: from 10 am daily
Entry: Free

Friday 11 May
10:00 Workshops (Kenya Scriptwriter’s Guild)
15:00 The Best of All Worlds (A. Goinginger, 2017, 103mins, Austria)
17:00 I am not a Witch (Rungano Nyoni, 2017, 93mins, UK)
19:00 A Girl, the Mother and the Demons (S. Osten, 2016, 93mins, Sweden)
20:15 Q&A

Saturday 12 May
10:00 Workshops (Kenya Scriptwriter’s Guild)
15:00 Great Grandad’s Tall Tales (T.M. Rostboll/L. Glob, 2016, 10mins, Denmark)
15:45 Obaba (Montxo Armendariz, 2005, 112mins, Spain)
17:45 Ma Vie de Courgette (C. Barras, 2016, 66mins, Switzerland)
19:00 Love Likes Coincidences (O. F. Sarok, 2011, 118mins, Turkey)

Sunday 13 May
10:00 Workshops (Kenya Scriptwriter’s Guild)
15:00 Sputnik (Markus Dietrich, 2013, 130mins, Germany)
17:30 Anniversary (Dan Chisu, 2017, 86mins, Romania)
19:00 Kati Kati (Mbithi Masya, 2016, 75mins, Germany/Kenya)

Download the EFF 2018 Programme (PDF)

May 11, 2018 at 10:35 am Leave a comment

EU Film Festival/Europe Day Screening: Europe at Sea Documentary by Annalisa Piras, May 9 2018 @ Goethe-Institut Auditorium

EU’s chief diplomat, Federica Mogherini | Photo: Courtesy.

Date: Wed, 09 May 2018
Venue: Goethe-Institut Auditorium
Time: 6.45 pm
Admission: free

On the 9 May, the European Union celebrates Europe Day. This year’s European Film Festival screenings on the 9 May are also looking at giving an insight into both the EU’s foreign policy and how globalisation impacts European countries more broadly.

The highlight of the evening will be the screening of a recent documentary by Annalisa Piras ‘Europe at Sea’ at 6:45 PM. Piras followed the EU’s chief diplomat, Federica Mogherini for two years, documenting her quest to implement a new foreign policy agenda: the EU Global Strategy.

Download the EFF 2018 Programme (pdf)

May 8, 2018 at 10:11 am Leave a comment

EU Film Festival: Virtual Reality Showcase in Partnership with Black Rhino VR, May 7 2018 @ Mettā Nairobi

Date: May 7, 2018
Venue: Mettā Nairobi
Time: 7 pm
Entry: Free

In partnership with Black Rhino VR.

May 7, 2018 at 11:53 am Leave a comment

Screening: Honouring Celebrated Haitian Director, Raoul Peck, Apr. 17, 23 & 30 2018 @ Alliance Française

Dates: April 17, 23, and 23, 2018
Venue: Alliance Française Auditorium
Time: 6 pm
Entry: Free

April 17, 2018 at 2:55 pm Leave a comment

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