Sheng Release date19 July 2012 (2012-07-19) (Durban Film Festival) WriterBilly Kahora (writing supervisor), Potash Charles Matathia (script writer), Samuel Munene (script writer), Serah Mwihaki (script writer) CastJoseph Wairimu (Mwas), Olwenya Maina (Oti), Nancy Wanjiku Karanja (Amina) AwardsAfrica Movie Academy Award for Best Achievement In Sound ProducersTom Tykwer, Sarika Hemi Lakhani, Ginger Wilson Similar moviesSorry for the Disturbance, Sex Tape, Dear Grandfather, Snapshot, غش الزوجية, Hena Maysara
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Nairobi Half Life is a 2012 Kenyan drama film directed by David "Tosh" Gitonga. The film was selected as the Kenyan entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, but did not make the final shortlist, and is the first time Kenya has submitted a film in this category.
At the 33rd Durban International Film Festival, Joseph Wairimu won the award for Best Actor. He also won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Most Promising Actor from the Awards 9th ceremony.
It won the most awards at Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards 2014.
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A young man, Mwas (Joseph Wairimu) still lives with his parents in their rural home in Kenya. He makes a living by selling western action films, he dramatically acts and portrays most of the action figures in his films in order to entice his customers. He is an aspiring actor, and when he comes across a group of actors from Nairobi performing in his town, he asks one of them to help him jump start his acting career. But, in return, he is asked to give ksh1000 (approximately US$10) in order for him to be cast in one of the plays. He can only afford ksh500 and is told to take the other 500 with him to the National theatre in Nairobi. He is very excited, and, after receiving some money from his mother, he embarks on his journey to Nairobi with a brief stop over in his town to bade his friends goodbye. He meets his cousin (a gang leader) who gives Mwas an expensive radio system and some money to take to Khanji electronic shop in downtown Nairobi.
After making his way to Nairobi, he quickly learns that there is more to Nairobi than just opportunities and glamour. On the first day, Mwas loses everything he has to Nairobi thugs and is left stranded and confused especially because he knows no one. He gets arrested and even spends a day in jail. In a twist of events, he meets a Nairobi crook Oti (Olwenya Maina) who becomes a close friend and takes him into his criminal gang. The gang itself specializes in snatch and grab thievery with vehicle parts being their main targets. During this time, Mwas auditions and successfully lands a part in a local play set up by Phoenix Players. He finds himself struggling and juggling the two separate worlds. Mwas finally meets his cousin again who ends up forcing him to steal a car in order to clear his debt. He convinces the gang to move up from stealing parts to stealing cars in order to earn more. During that time, he falls in love with Oti's onscreen love interest Amina, coming to see her at the lodgings at which she receives customers and even taking her out to the films.
Joseph Wairimu as Mwas
Olwenya Maina as Oti
Nancy Wanjiku Karanja as Amina
Mugambi Nthiga as Cedric
Paul Ogola as Mose
Antony Ndung'u as Waf
Johnson Gitau Chege as Kyalo
Kamau Ndungu as John Waya
Abubakar Mwenda as Dingo
Mburu Kimani as Daddy M
Mehul Savani as Khanji
Maina Joseph as Kimachia
The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy praised the film after watching it at the 2012 AFI Fest: "This dynamic crime drama comes across as fundamentally honest and vividly realistic." KenyaBuzz singled out the show-stealing raw performance by Maina Olwenya as Oti saying: "This character is more ghetto than listening to old NWA albums. He speaks with a criminal confidence and walks like he owns the city despite being a common criminal."
At the 2014 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards in March 2014, Nairobi Half Life received awards for: