Young men from upcountry moving into big cities in search of greener pastures has almost become a trend. Nothings tells this story better than Nairobi Half Life. Mwas(Joseph Wairimu), a young village boy aspiring to be an actor dreams of making it big in the city.
The movie starts off in a rural setting characterized majorly by the use of local dialect. The young man’s innocence is evident here. This dramatically changes as the dude makes an entrance into Nairobi; the sound track makes a shift from the local Agikuyu song to urbane hip-hop. All things seems to go wrong for Mwas from the moment he sets his foot on the ground. He loses everything. The rest of the story is all about trying to make a living in a world full of crime, deceit, corruption and injustice. You might have to close your eyes at some point. Aside from the dirty picture: love. The story is twisted in amazing drama exposing the grim side of a big city. The wrap is what most might term as a happy ending but for my case it was an emotional one.
The film is directed by Tosh Gitonga and has become a success partly attributed to the massive social media campaign by the production company, One Fine Day Films. It has attracted a crowd of 10,000 since its premier September last year grossing well over 7 million shillings in local tickets sales alone.