Today, the Embassy of Kenya in the U.S. announced its support for Nairobi Half Life, a Kenyan film screening today as part of the Feature Film Project. As part of The Project, presented by Manhattan Short, Nairobi Half Life will screen in cinemas across the country tonight for one night only. Audiences at each venue then vote on whether the film should receive one week’s theatrical release. In the U.S., 150 venues are participating.
“I congratulate the filmmakers of Nairobi Half Life on the success of this film and for advancing Kenya’s contribution to the arts in the U.S. and around the world,” said Ambassador Elkanah Odembo. “It is exciting to see this film receive international recognition. I encourage all those who view the film today to vote for it and bring this contribution of Kenyan filmmaking to a wider audience.”
The Feature Film Project designed to discover, market, and promote one feature film through established cinema networks that might otherwise not get discovered. More information on The Project is available at http://www.thefeaturefilmproject.com/.
Nairobi Half Life has received international acclaim and in 2012 became Kenya’s first ever submission to the Academy Awards when it was submitted in the Foreign Language category. The film also won awards at the Durban International Film Festival, the AFI Film Festival 2012 and Film Africa 2012.
Please folks. Go out there and show your support for this movie! We have an opportunity to help it get a wider audience.