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NI SISI FILM IS THE OFFICIAL SELECTION AT THE AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL NEW YORK 2014

Gerald Langiri
April 29 / 2014

Ni Sisi Film that premiered in 2013, will be making it's U.S premier at this years New york African Film Festival(AFF). The highly acclaimed P.E.V movie which has also been nominated in 4 categories in the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAAs) 2014 is the official selection film at the New York African Film Festival.

The festival will take place from May 7 to May 26th 2014 and will display films and movies from across africa. Ni Sisi, Nairobi Half Life and Something Necessary will be the films representing Kenya. See the program guide here for dates and time.

AFF has honored its mission by creating diverse programs that aid and empower audiences and filmmakers alike, including their annual New York African Film Festival, which is co-presented with Film Society of Lincoln Center and Brooklyn Academy of Music, their co-curated local, national and international African film and multi-media programs for a variety of cultural, academic and art institutions. visit http://www.africanfilmny.org/ for more info about the festival.

Announcing on it's facebook page about the selection to this years AFF,  Ni Sisi portrays a typical Kenyan community: a harmonious muddle of tribes, intermarriages, and extended families. Yet, when rumours begin to spread, suddenly mistrust takes hold. Friends who have lived and worked together all their lives, who used to place no stock in their neighbour's tribe, start identifying others by tribe rather than by their identity as a person. With mistrust comes a sense of threat, and with threat fear escalates.

The ripple effect turns old friends against each other. In a matter of days, the bonds and alliances - the very foundations of the community - are severed; a reality Kenya knows only too well. Families and friends are plunged into seemingly unstoppable chaos. By learning from the mistakes of the past, can this once peaceful community be given another chance?

The film’s key aim is to remind Kenyans that it is individuals who have the power to say no to the factors critical in the post-election violence of 2007/2008: tribalism, rumours and corruption. The message of the play and film is one of personal accountability and strength with the objective of empowering individuals to bring change to Kenya.

The film features actors famous across Kenyan stage and screen, including: Joseph 'Babu Wairimu' (star of Nairobi Half Life and winner of Best Actor at Durban International Film Festival 2012), Jacky Vike (Papa Shirandula's Awinja), Peter King, Godfrey Ojiambo, Krysteen Savane, Umi Rajab, Mwajuma Bahati, Ednah Daisy, Paul Kades, Irungu Wairimu, Mercy Wanjiru, Ali Mlatso, Trizah Musimbi, Trizah Kabue and Alfred Calypso.

Directed by Nick Reading, Ni Sisi is a S.A.F.E Ghetto initiative. S.A.F.E uses street theatre, films and community programmes to educate, inspire and deliver social change in kenya. Visit http://www.safekenya.org/ for more info.

Watch the trailer for Ni Sisi below.

By Gerald Langiri

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