PREMIER DATE AND TRAILER RELEASED AS KENYANS PREPARE TO GET A BITE OF #VEVE
In a previous article, I asked if Veve will be the movie to finally break the jinx that Nairobi Half Life had place upon Kenya cinema. This I raised owing to the verity that, the dream of one boy to become an actor and instead gets mixed up with the wrong crowd and finds himself living a double life of crime, is a story that successfully rang home to the many audiences around the world that made Nairobi Half Life, one of the greatest films shot in Kenya. So successful the movie is that explaining who the producers of the film are (One fine day film and Ginger Ink) one has to add “the makers of Nairobi Half Life” in order to have that “oohhh” moment despite having “Soul Boy” and “Something necessary” in their docket.
Their next feature Veve made its worldwide premier at the 35th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) that took place on the 17th to 27th July 2014 at the city of Durban and the reviews that came after were a bit alarming. One critic Todd Brown in his article titled Kenyan Crime Thriller VEVE Is A Damp Misfire, described the film as “a catalog of missed and squandered opportunities, a thriller that simply fails to thrill thanks to a script overstuffed with un-engaging subplots and two dimensional characters going through the motions of an overly familiar scenario and an utter lack of performers with any significant charisma.”
Sounded extremely harsh at first look but reading his criticism further, it made me realize that we are in for a very different kind of experience when watching Veve than we did while watching Nairobi Half life. As a matter of fact comparing the two films will be equally unfair like it was comparing “Something Necessary” to Nairobi Half Life.
Todd went ahead to state that “Veve may very well play strongly to local audiences who may be charmed purely by the novelty of seeing this sort of tale told in the local idiom.”
Lizz Njagah as Esther
While Nairobi Half Life was a story about crime and dreams, something that anyone around the world can relate to, Veve, I believe is purely a Kenyan story that might not be as interesting to someone who does not understand the dynamics of Miraa as a Kenyan cash crop and the political ramblings of Kenyan politicians in their quest for power. That part excites me and is the sole reason why I look forward to watching Veve.
We have always been urged to tell our stories and here comes Veve that will premier to Kenyan audiences on 28th August 2014 at Century Cinemax Junction, Ngong Road from 7pm. Tickets are going for ksh 500. Tickets can be bought at the Cinema or call the ticket hotline 0720 280 488
Written by Natasha Likimani ,VEVE follows the lives of multiple characters trying to find themselves in a world of political intrigue, revenge, love and longings for success complemented by the background of the thriving yet unregulated veve business.
Amos(played by Lowry Odhiambo), an ambitious politician, is running for another term as Maua MP whilst facing his opponent Wadu in the extension of his veve empire. His wife Esther discovers the true nature of his affairs and seeks solace in Kenzo, a conflicted young man out to seek vengeance for his father’s death. Sammy, Amos’ right hand man, has to choose between being loyal to his work and being a caring father to his 12-year-old son Kago. Maua´s Veve Farmers want to farm a union to force Amos to pay decent prices for their veve. Clint, a hedonistic wannabe documentary filmmaker meddles to far, blind of the dangers he is putting himself and others into.
Lowry Odhiambo as Amos
All are in search of purpose not knowing, that their destinies are entwined in more ways than they imagine.
With 1st time actors like Emo Rugene, Salim Peace and a lot of other real life characters, the movie also boasts of A list actors like Lizz Njagah and Conrad Makeni and features Sauti Sol’s Savara Mudigi and guest appearances by Gerald Langiri.
Directed by Simon Mukali and rated 16, the movie has a very high technical appeal as is synonymous with One Fine day film and Ginger Ink productions judging from its trailer below:
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