MANHATTAN SHORT and MovieMaker Magazine have selected ‘Nairobi Half Life‘, Kenya’s first official submission for the Academy Awards and AFI Fest Audience Award recipient, as the winner of the inaugural Feature Film Project. On March 21, 2013, ‘Nairobi Half Life’ will screen in 100 theaters across the United States. Audiences at those screenings will be asked to vote and if the majority approve, the film will return to every participating theater for a full, one-week run.
If the majority vote yes, then your cinema will bring the film back. MANHATTAN SHORT is all about you, the public. Our events belongs to you, and the rest is all secondary. If this project is not taking place at your local cinema that already takes part in MANHATTAN SHORT each year, you should be asking that cinema why they are not participating.
For a Full List of Participating Theaters – HERE
About Nairobi Half Life
‘Nairobi Half Life’, the feature directorial debut of Kenyan filmmaker Daniel “Tosh” Gitonga, follows Mwas (Joseph Wairimu), a young, aspiring actor from upcountry Kenya who dreams of becoming a success in the city of opportunity, Nairobi.
Traveling to the crime-ridden Kenyan capital to follow his dreams, Mwas quickly understands why Nairobi is nicknamed Nairobbery. He is robbed of his money and belongings and left alone in a city where he doesn’t know a soul. Luck, or the lack of it, brings him face to face with a young, small time gang leader who gives Mwas a chance to earn a living.
Drawn into a new world of theft and violence, Mwas still tries to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. But caught between two social classes and between a life of crime and a life on the stage, Mwas struggles to keep his identityand his life.