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Appreciation for Kenyan films is growing in leaps and bounds. Audiences are asking for them and thirsty to watch them. The biggest hindrance is of course availability and after posting a list of 33 commercially produced kenyan movies that I have watched and would recommend, the biggest question was and still is “where can they be found?”

Well, some I watched at the cinema where most Kenyans do not go. A cinema going culture has to be instilled in our audiences. Some I watched on TV.  A majority however I have watched at festival. The Kenya International film festival, Kalasha Awards pre-screening of movies and others at film related symposium and events.

Clearly, apart from Cinema and TV outlets, to watch Kenyan film, you really have to be film enthusiasts and keep abreast with the latest film festival and related events. It definitely would be nice more readily accessible outlets like films stores (Mo Movies is a good example) and alternative media like the internet where the films can be watched at a fee.

Those are issues that need to be tackled.

Below is the list of 33 commercially produced Kenyan movies I have had the privilege of watching and I'd recommend.

1. From a whisper (2009)
2. Nairobi Half Life (2012)
3. House of Lungula (2013)
4. Something Necessary (2013)
5. Ni sisi (2013)
6. Soul boy (2010)
7. 1st Grader (2010)
8. The distant boat (2013)
9. T.H.I.E.F (2012)
10. The captain of Nakara (2012)
11. LEO (2012)
12. Lost in Africa (2012)
13. Shattered (2012)
14. White Maasai (2005)
15. The Constant Gardner (2005)
16. Dangerous Affair (2002)
17. Kibera Kid (2006)
18. Malooned (2008)
19. Selfish
20. The Rugged Priest (2011)
21. Togetherness Supreme (2010)
22. Strata (2013)
23. Up in the Air (1994)
24. Valentine Ya Njaramba.
25. Mos Kode
26. Benta.
27. All girls together
28. Ndoto za elibidi
29. Naliaka is going
30. Me, My wife and her Guru
31. Zeinabu rudi Nyumbani
32. Bwanangu Mureshi.
33. Muigwithania

How many of these movies on the list have you watched? Which movie have you watched and should be added onto this list that I haven’t watched and you’d recommend?

By Gerald Langiri


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