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Nairobi Film Festival kicked off their 2019 line up of narrative features, documentaries and short films.

The Festival opened with the premier of a Mugambi Nthiga’s directorial debut, Lusala.

The film stars Brian Ogolla, Stacy Waweru, Alyce Wangari, Makamzee Mwatela and Alan Oyugi.

Lusala, tells the story of a young man rescued from his abusive upcountry home, who then moves in with an affluent Nairobi family. Years later, when he comes of age, he is imposed upon to leave the nest and start out life on his own. Eager and acquiescent at first, he makes the most of his new life, until the demons from his past return, and he is forced to face them alone.

NBOFilmFest2019 Lusala

Nairobi audiences deeply care about good storytelling and the festival plays a role of tastemaker. The festival also seeks to cultivate Kenya’s film industry by generating demand for the great films that are made in the country and raising the possibility of a commercially viable film business model and we are excited that this year we will be exploring more films beyond our Kenyan borders,” said Sheba Hirst in her welcoming speech.

Other feature films showing this year are Adama, Cook Off, Keteke, City of God, Subira, Miriam Mente, Talking About Trees, YuliThe Tokoloshe, Tango Negro, Sew the Winter to My Skin, My Friend Fela, Liyana, Akasha, The Extraordinary Journey of Celeste Garcia, Mercy of the Jungle, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Five Fingers for Marseilles and The Burial of Kojo.


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