PAFF 2013 Review: 'Nairobi Half Life' Offers Engaging Spin on Big City Tale

From Shadow and Act Wed Feb 13 2013, 16:16:38

I didn't really know what to expect when I sat down in the theater to watch Nairobi Half Life at this year's Pan African Film Festival. I heard about the film in passing, but not much beyond that. The storyline is familiar, a young man from a small town ventures to the big city in hopes of pursuing his dreams. Only in this film, the young man is Kenyan, comes from a small village, and ventures to Nairobi in hopes of becoming an actor. As soon as he arrives, he is blitzed by the commotion and danger of urban life. But its Director David Tosh Gitonga's distinct spin on this premise that makes it comparable to other landmark films of this genre, such as Midnight Cowboy, and even...

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