Saturday, September 22, 2012

Hay Festival Kenya: Screenings at the Festival

Unlike the previous Storymoja festivals, this year’s festivals included film screenings into the programme.
One of my highlights of this festival was the introduction of King of Scotland by Giles Foden. This movie is based on his book by the same title which tackles Uganda under Idi Amin. As is expected he gave us some info we did not know.
Facts on The last King of Scotland
·         Giles was approached by Cow Boy films in 1999 with an interest to make a film based on his book
·         It was NOT until 2006 that production began because cow boy films could not raise the required capital to shoot the flick.
·         Money for the film become available when Forest Whitaker expressed interest to play Idi Amin
·         A previous script writer has been involved who wanted the movie to start in a boxing ring!
Other Films & Documentaries Screened
A Small Act
A moving documentary on Chris Mburu and his search for the benefactor whose sponsorship allowed him to continue secondary school in Kenya
Getting Justice
A documentary by Maina Kai
Internal Flight
Moving documentary account on Lemn Sissay
Tomorrow will come
This film looks at how the International Criminal Court process affects Kenya after naming of the six suspects by former ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo
Lamu Port
This was the premier of this documentary which tackles the development of the Lamu port and the implications to the community.
Yes Man!

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