IT IS NOT A NAIROBI HALF LIFE BUT IT IS SOMETHING NECESSARY
After the success of Nairobi half life, expectations will undoubtedly be high from now henceforth for any film/movie coming out of One Fine Day Films and Ginger Ink. They set the bench mark high for not only themselves but for Kenyan movies in general. “Perhaps that is too much pressure to put on them and myself” as the credits ran for the movie “Something Necessary” as I immediately thought of the title to give this movie review at the premier on 24th January 2013. It was all made easy when someone nudged me to give a comment about the movie and the words that immediately came to mind were “It’s not a Nairobi half life but its Something Necessary.” It doesn’t have the high paced chases and gun blazing gangs with sex scenes and prostitutes but it is still a movie worth running to the cinemas to watch if you are the kind of person who likes to reflect on circumstances.
It’s Something Necessary that needed to be reminded to Kenyans. It’s Something Necessary that had to be shown. It’s about how some things are necessary to be done in life and Sue Wanjiru who played the main character Anne did “Something Necessary” justice.
Directed by Judy Kibinge, “SOMETHING NECESSARY is an intimate moment in the lives of Anne and Joseph (played by Walter Lagat). A woman struggling to rebuild her life after the civil unrest that swept Kenya after the 2007 elections claiming the life of her husband, the health of her son and leaving her home on an isolated farm in the Kenyan countryside in ruins, she now has nothing but her resolve to rebuild her life left. A young man, troubled gang member who participated in the countrywide violence is drawn to Anne and her farm seemingly in search of redemption. Both, Joseph and Anne need something that only the other can give to allow them to shed the painful memories of their past and move on. The acting quality and set design was phenomenal. The simplicity is honest and heartfelt. Much like Nairobi Half Life and Soul Boy, there is no over the top drama in this movie. Rather a continuous subtly which makes the characters very appealing and easy to empathize with.” KenyaBuzz.
Add to the list the fact that Anne had to do Something Necessary which was to abort the bustard circumstantial child she was carrying from being raped and you have a movie that will make you shed a tear and go silent deep in thought. If an award is going to come Sue’s way it will have to be because of this gruesome abortion scene.
The movie was shot on location in Nakuru and Nairobi. The acting, cinematography and the story is top notch and more awards can be surely be foreseen coming in this way.
The Director Judy Kibinge first came to the limelight with her romantic film, Dangerous Affair in 2002. She has since made socially and politically conscious films and documentaries like Coming of Age (2008) and Peace Wanted Alive (2009) but her latest project is the most edgy yet.
The movie is set to make its international world premiere at Rotterdam Film Festival in the Netherlands is scheduled for next week.
A timely movie this is as Kenyans are soon going to the ballot box to elect their next president in March 2013. Fresh on peoples mind and the fear of many is if a repeat of the post election violence (PEV) that engulfed in 2007-2008 will erupt. As election close by, I can only urge Kenyans to go out and watch Something Necessary and take a moment to ponder on whether we want our country to go back to the dogs again; Or have we grown and learnt from that experience and will we do “Something Necessary” by voting wisely and saying No to Violence, tribal or political?View Pictures from the Movie Premiere here
Catch the movie at Century Cinemax Nakumatt Junction. Click link to see the screening dates and timeWatch the preview here
Reviewed by Gerald Langiri