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“Rolling On” is a gripping short film with a solid social commentary on societal stereotyping and the way Nthiga (the main character) has managed to overcome, live with and stand tall against them. The film, which is excellently produced by Koi Ngunjiri and Winnie Njoki, was written by Ngatia Bryan (one of the most popular urban poets and spoken word artists in Nairobi) and directed by Biko Nyongesa (a brilliant rising star in the film industry). It features Otieno Atho Jnr “Ju-Black”, Agatha Chebet, Manu Maina and Alex Owiti.

Rolling on

The film, which is one of the only two Kenyan ones that qualified to be in My Rode Reel, is contesting against other productions from the U.S.A, Canada, Australia, Tunisia, Argentina, Russia, the United Kingdom, Japan and other countries from around the world.

My Rode Reel is an international film competition sponsored by the manufacturers of Rode microphones –probably the most popular brand of microphones in the industry. The entry rules required a five minute short film to be uploaded to their website where it would undergo several stages before being cleared for open competition. A number of them qualified. Now only those that stand out from the rest stand a chance of getting part of the 70,000 dollar worth of awards.

Such short productions may sound easy, but they are some of the most challenging since the story must maintain brevity and still have all the aspects of a good narrative – that is the introduction, body and conclusion.

These film makers have done a great job at that and deserve applause for it. It is time we Kenyans took pride in our own and help clinch more international awards.

You can support this film by voting for it in the link below and sharing to your circles. Voting closes on the 23 rd of June 2014. All it takes is a click.

Voting link:

Let us help these film makers bring the award right where it belongs, on the Kenyan soil.

You can watch the short film below:

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