WILL VEVE BE THE MOVIE TO FINALLY BREAK THE NAIROBI HALF LIFE JINX?
Every time I find myself in a situation I have to explain who or what One Fine Day Film is, “the producers of Nairobi Half Life” automatically follows. Despite having produced Soul Boy (2010) and Something Necessary (2013), Nairobi Half Life can easily be labeled their most successful film to date, out of the One Fine Day Film and Ginger Ink collaborative docket.
Indeed, the much talked about film Nairobi Half Life set the bar high to the potential that Kenya’s film industry can achieve in terms of film making given the right team, funding, structures and execution. It is the 1st movie in recent years that actually made Kenyans flock the cinemas in thirst for a movie they can proudly call their own.
An unknown wise man/woman however once said that “Rather than aiming to be perfect, just aim to be better than yesterday and that’s good enough.” Can the producers of Nairobi Half Life top the high expectations that we now have of them by making another blockbuster movie that will do equally well if not better than Nairobi Half Life?
Is their next movie VEVE going to break the Nairobi Half Life jinx?
Unlike their previous films which were all dramas, VEVE is a drama thriller set in rural Kenya. It documents the double-crossing lives of those trading in khat or ‘veve’, a mildly narcotic crop grown in the Meru region of the country.
The film stars famous Kenyan actress Lizz Njagah (as Esther) the lonely wife of corrupt politician Amos (played by Lowry Denzel Odhiambo), whose attempts to edge a competitor out of the khat business for his own greed-fuelled gains force his wife to find solace in the arms of the local bad-boy Kenzo (played by Emo Rugene), not knowing that her new lover is intent on destroying her husband.
Emo Rugene as Kenzo (left) and Conrad Makeni as Sammy
Shot on location in May 2013 for a whole month, the movie has been set in the beautiful plains of Meru area and parts of Nairobi, showcasing the beauty that Kenya has to offer.
Directed by Simon Mukali, Veve is a story that incorporates Politics, Power, Betrayal, Revenge and to a greater extent, question the meaning of Love is or lack of it for that matter.
The movie will make its world premiere in South Africa at the Durban International Film Festival on 20th July before Kenyans can finally get to watch it right here at home.
An excited Lizz Njagah says “Veve will be awesome! We can't predict its impact in terms of NHL but I believe it will do very well and it will be a movie the audience will enjoy”
The Director of the movie Simon Mukali describes the movie as “an engaging Kenyan film with multiple characters trying to find themselves in an intriguing tapestry of storylines. We hope it captures the imagination of audiences and they enjoy the movie experience as much as we enjoyed making it. It really is a unique story that everyone should watch.”
The producer of the movie Sarika Lakhani had this to say when asked if Veve will break the Nairobi Half Life jinx:
“NAIROBI HALF LIFE was successful in a way none of us would have anticipated before. Of course, it did well at the local box office and won many awards at international film festivals. But the movie has been released two years ago and looking back, can I as one of the producers really say it was a success? I have my problems doing so.
The movie will maybe recoup in 100 years, the market for films from East Africa is tremendously small. Very, very little - if I want to stay positive - has been done to increase the infrastructure for film production, especially for financing movies.
Distribution is still astonishingly small, and one might wonder why public broadcasters do not make an effort supporting the local industry by paying decent prices for a high quality local product, bringing high quality content to its audience.
It seems that we were fast to cheer and then made no use of the opportunity to think: what can we make better in future? Creating something, that is what I am ultimately interested in.
I am not complaining about the obstacles, but pointing out the opportunities.
So of course my hope for VEVE is that it continues the journey NHL started: inspiring people and creating new opportunities.´
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