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SOMETHING NECESSARY

SOMETHING NECESSARY
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Kenya 2007/2008: Widespread violence erupts after the disputed presidential elections. Anne is a Kikuyu woman living in Kalenjin land, married to a Kalenjin. One fateful night, a gang, incited by politicians, vandalizes their farm, kills her husband and puts her son Kitur in a coma. When Anne wakes up in the hospital, the life she led no longer exists: she has gone from being a nurse, wife and mother to an unemployed widow with a hospitalized son struggling to rebuild her farm.

Joseph, a young man, also tries to come to grips with the post-election violence. Heavily weighed down by his participation in the events, he desperately seeks to move forward, but his gang won’t let him. When his job takes Joseph to Anne’s farm he recognizes her and anonymously commits an act of kindness to support the reconstruction of her farm.

Both he and Anne need something that only the other can give to allow them to shed the painful memories of their past and move on.


Judy Kibinge is a writer, producer and director born in Nairobi/Kenya in 1967. Her career in filmmaking benefited greatly from her background in advertising. Her first feature film, DANGEROUS AFFAIR, was a contemporary film set in the heart of urban, uptown Nairobi and is credited by some as having kicked off the wave of contemporary filmmaking in Kenya. This was followed by PROJECT DADDY in 2004 and the short thriller KILLER NECKLACE based on a graphic novel which also received great acclaim. Her documentaries have been nominated three times for Best Documentary at the African Academy Awards, with one winning best short, COMING OF AGE. Her films include: THE AFTERMATH (short, 2002), A VOICE IN THE DARK (doc, 2005), BLESS THIS OUR LAND (doc, 2006), COMING OF AGE (doc, 2008), PEACE WANTED ALIVE (doc, 2009), HEADLINES IN HISTORY (doc, 2010), and SOMETHING NECESSARY (2013).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2013
Director Judy Kibinge
Screenplay Mungai Kiroga, JC Niala
Cinematography Yinka Edward
Cast Susan Wanjiru, Walter Kipchumba Lagat, David Koprotich Mutai, Anne Kimani, Carolyne Chebiwott Kebit, Benjamin Nyagaka, Hilda Jepkoech
Producers Sarika Hemi Lakhani, Tom Tykwer, Siobhain "Ginger" Wilson
Co-Producers Guy Wilson, Marie Steinmann-Tykwer, Roshanak Khodabakhsh
Production Company One Fine Day Films/Berlin, in co-production with Ginger Ink Films/Nairobi
Length 85 min
Format DCP, Blu-ray, color, cs
Original Version
 Swahili, Kikuyu, English, Kalenjin
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Rotterdam 2013, Durban 2013, Toronto 2013, Chicago 2013, Locarno 2014
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), DW Academy, ARRI Film & TV Services, Goethe-Institut Nairobi

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