2013-07-31 18:30:45 - ReelAfrican.com has released a new slate of Kenyan films—"Zeinabu Rudi Nyumbani," "Chasing Moses," and "Selfish?"—all produced by Kenyan-based Jitu Films.
NEW YORK - ReelAfrican.com has released a new slate of Kenyan films"Zeinabu Rudi Nyumbani," "Chasing Moses," and "Selfish?", all produced by Kenyan-based Jitu Films.
ReelAfrican Co-Founder & CEO Victor Mallet says, "We are proud to have begun working with Jitu Films this year. They are a powerhouse for Kenyan movie production and through our site ReelAfrican.com now have a way to get mainstream American audiences and Kenyan diasporans to watch and enjoy their excellent films."
In "Zeinabu Rudi Nyumbani," directed by Alexandros Konstantaras, husband and wife Dedan and Zainabu live a bucolic and simple life on the countryside until a city man, Kavila, arrives and tries to seduce Zeinabu. Initially she resists, but when her husband takes her for granted she
leaves home. The film stars Josephine Kamwenga, Joseph Kinuthia, Mwadulo Mwadulo, Boniface Loppoh, Jacquey Nyaminde, John Arigi, Lulu Abdalla Said and Eric Wainaina. Zeinabu Rudi Nyumbani was nominated for best Swahili film in the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards 2013.
In "Chasing Moses," a poor, disabled breadwinner named Moses works to earn money for his family in the slums when he encounters Trigger, an alcoholic ex-mercenary paid by a mighty mafia boss to kill him. What ensues is a Kenyan western pitting three foes against each other on a chase from the Nairobi slums to rural Kenya, starring Joseph Kamau Kinuthia, Simon J. Smithers and Philip Chege. Konstantaras directs, shot on location in Nairobi, Kibera and Olorigesaille.
In "Selfish?", a feature film by director Hawa Essuman, we follow the lives of two women—Angela, an advertising executive; and Mercy, a part time model—who choose two very different paths when they become pregnant. The film asks: are selfish for making these choices? Or are the people who pressure them the selfish ones?
Director Hawa Essuman has been called a Kenyan film “visionary” by international critics. She formerly performed in and worked on several theatre plays and films before making her way behind the camera on a local TV drama series, Makutano Junction. She wrote and directed "Selfish?" (2008) and three more short films over the next year. Her film "Soul Boy" (2010) was screened at over 40 film festivals around the world and won many awards.
Director Alex Konstantaras is the co-director of Jitu Films, a film production company based in Kenya that has built up the local film industry from the grassroots level. Jitu Films has produced one-third of the total output of the Kenyan film industry since the early 2000s, with films encompassing a range of genres from road movies to film noir and drama, from directors such as Konstantaras, Essuman, Evelyn Kahungu, Nick Reding, Billy Mbilikimo, Oskari Korenius, and Egregious Jitu.
Through the support of Vivid Features, Jitu aims to create a dependable market for Kenyan films by fostering a cinema-going and DVD-buying culture for local Kenyan films. By working with ReelAfrican, these locally-produced films will now reach a large U.S. audience.
"Zeinabu Rudi Nyumbani," "Chasing Moses," and "Selfish?" can be viewed for free online at ReelAfrican.com and on partner sites Hulu and YouTube (www.youtube.com/reelafrican), in addition to more of the best in African films, TV series, and documentaries, free and in HD.
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