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A young aspiring actor from upcountry Kenya dreams of becoming an accomplished actor one day, and in pursuit of this and to the chagrin of his brother and parents, he makes his way to Nairobi – the city of opportunity. He quickly understands why Nairobi is nicknamed Nairrobery as he is robbed of all his money and belongings and left alone in a city where he doesn’t know a soul.

Luck, or the lack of it, brings him face to face with the city’s criminals and he forms a friendship with a small time crook who takes him in. He is quickly drawn into a world of crime as he struggles to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. Keeping the two worlds separate proves to be a challenge for him as he trudges on in this unknown world called Nairobi.

NAIROBI HALF LIFE is the story of a young man who, despite all odds, trudges on in search of his dream. His drive and soft spoken nature are his best resources. His determination is encouraging and he is a true testament that what stands between us and our goals is us.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2012
Director Tosh Gitonga
Screenplay Serah Mwihaki, Charles 'Potash' Matathia, Samuel Munene
Cinematography Christian Almesberger
Cast Joseph Wairimu, Olwenya Maina, Nancy Wanjiku Karanja
Producers Sarika Hemi Lakhani, Tom Tykwer, Siobhain "Ginger" Wilson
Co-Producers Marie Steinmann-Tykwer, Guy Wilson
Production Company One Fine Day Films/Berlin, in co-production with Ginger Ink Films/Nairobi
Runtime 96 min
Format 35 mm, color, cs
 Sheng, Swahili, Kikuyu, English
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Durban 2012 (In Competition), Zurich 2012, Busan 2012, Sao Paulo 2012 (New Directors Competition), AFI Fest Los Angeles 2012, Istanbul 2013, Zlin 2013
Awards Best Actor Durban 2012
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Bundesministerium für Wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung, DW Akademie, ARRI Film & TV Services, Goethe-Institut Nairobi

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