In the fourth edition of the monthly ‘We Watch Kenyan’ film screening event, the thriller Bangarang is set to take center stage.
We Watch Kenyan initiative is a monthly film screening event supported by the Kenya Film Commission
Inspired by true events, Bangarang is set in Kisumu during the 2017 Post-Election Violence, capturing the frustrations of youth and the evils of Police Brutality in Kenya.
The story revolves around Otile (David Weda) – a poor Boda Boda Rider, who is still Jobless, 10 years after graduating with a 2nd class honors degree in Automotive Engineering.
When Violence erupts in Kisumu after the disputed Kenyan Presidential Elections, he Leads other Rioters in the streets of Kisumu. To him, this offers a perfect opportunity to vent his anger on the government’s poor leadership, which he blames for his joblessness.
However, things don’t go according to plan as soon enough he finds himself on the run from the police after being falsely accused of the death of a 6-month-old baby.
Speaking about the film’s inspiration Kisumu-based Writer & Director – Odongo Robbie Wuodcaro, said, “I wrote this story in 2017, from my personal experiences. With every election since 2007, I have been in the middle of Post-Election Violence at my home in Manyatta, near Kondele. In 2007, I lost friends who were shot by police. In 2013, while trying to avoid the chaos, I had a near-fatal accident that left me scarred. Then in 2017, when baby Pendo was beaten by police, I was working nightshift in Aga Khan Hospital. I saw her in ICU before she succumbed. I have always been inspired by Sarafina, which educated the world on the evils of apartheid. So, as a filmmaker, I’ve always felt it was my duty to tell the world about ongoing Post-Election Violence in my city and country.” (SIC)
Bangarang is the fourth film to show at the iHub monthly screenings following the Kenyatta University student film Broken Mirror and Why U Hate.
“Bangarang is a courageous film, and Robbie is a courageous filmmaker”, says Co-Founder, Content Director & Chief Executive Officer of Yakwetu – Trushna Buddhdev-Patel. “So, it’s very appropriate that this Watch Party is on the eve of Mashujaa Day, where we can also celebrate heroes, like the cast & crew of Bangarang, who have agitated for peaceful elections through their art.”
The audience will also have an opportunity to speak to the cast and crew of the film who will be in attendance. On the panel for the 4th edition, are Odongo Robbie Wuodcaro (Writer & Director), David Weda (Otile), Rosemary Odire (Mama Joy), Ochieng Dancun (Baba Joy) and Mose Ouma (Director of Photography), moderated by Yakwetu’s Development Lead – Brian Waweru.