Nairobi Half Life

by Tosh Gitonga Special Screenings

The young Kenyan Mwas has a dream: to tread the boards as an actor. In order to realise this dream, he leaves his village and heads for Nairobi, but is overwhelmed by the loud and wild city. One day, he is robbed and left completely helpless on the streets. Placed in this existential predicament, Mwas slowly slips into Nairobi’s underworld. What begins with petty scams and minor drug deals, ends with more serious crimes. When corrupt police begin to threaten him, he has to decide between fast money and his dream. NAIROBI HALF LIFE is one of the few Kenyan features created during Tom Tykwer’s East African “One Fine Day Films” project.


  • Genre: Tragicomedy
  • Country, Year: Kenya, Germany, 2012
  • Runtime: 96 Min
  • Languages: Swahili
  • Subtitles: English
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  • Director: Tosh Gitonga
  • Cast: Joseph Wairimu, Olwenya Maina, Nancy Wanjiku Karanja, Mugambi Nthiga
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  • Screenplay: Serah Mwihaki, Charles 'Potash' Matathia, Samuel Munene
  • Cinematography: Christian Almesberger, Mohamed Zain
  • Editor: Mkaiwawi Mwakaba
  • Music: Xaver von Treyer
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  • Producers: Sarika Hemi Lakhani, Tom Tykwer, Siobhain "Ginger" Wilson, Marie Steinmann-Tykwer, Guy Wilson
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  • Production Company: One Fine Day Films Marie Steinmann & Tykwer GbR
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