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Mon, 29 Apr 2013 09:45
Something Necessary actress, Susan Wanjiru. Photo by Philippa Ndisi

SCREEN AFRICA EXCLUSIVE: Chinaka Iwunze writes...Following the premiθre of the Kenya-Germany co-production, Nairobi Half Life, last year at the 33rd Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) and its best actor award, the film has gone on to triumph in various other film festivals.

Nairobi Half Life is the second project by One Fine Day Films (OFDF), an alternative film production company founded by Marie Steinmann and Tom Tykwer, the acclaimed German director of Run Lola Run, Perfume and The International. The aim of OFDF is to use the teaching of art and aesthetic principles to allow children and young adults in disadvantaged regions of our world to discover and explore their artistic talent and imagination.

The film has been screened in 28 film festivals internationally and won the following awards: Audience Breakthrough Award (AFI Film Festival 2012); Audience Breakthrough Award (Film Africa 2012); 5 Kalasha Film and Television Awards [Best Director, Best Feature Film, Best Lead Actor and Best Original Screenplay]; Special Jury Awards (Luxor African Film Festival); Best Director – First Feature (Pan African Film Festival); Golden Impala Award for Best Eastern African Film (Amakula Kampala International Film Festival 2012) and Best Festival Feature (Take One CFF 2012).

“The film is very popular and loved amongst all who have watched it,” says Densu Moseti, Kenya coordinator, OFDF Projects. “The film released in selected cinemas around the US on 21 March 2013 and the response has been so great, it has been rescheduled.”

Since then, OFDF has produced another film, Something Necessary, which was directed by Judy Kibinge and premiθred at the International Film Festival Rotterdam on 28 January 2013.

They are now currently in pre-production for another workshop feature film, VEVE, written by Natasha Likimani, and directed by Simon Mukali. OFDF has confirmed to commence shooting on 6 May 2013.

OFDF has also confirmed new workshops – currently open for entry – to be held from 16 to 27 September 2013.

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