Kenya Film List

Title: PROMISE OF LOVE (2000)
Format: VHS
Run Time: 57 Min.
Description: Sequel to the drama, Tough choices, which told the story of a young girl facing the decisions that result from an unwanted pregnancy. Now, five years later, Rebecca is struggling to deal with the challenges of raising her daughter as a single parent. She finds herself suffering at the hands of her abusive boyfriend and her father who strongly believes that a bad husband is better than no husband. She's helped by new Christian friends who support and guide her to wise choices in her life.
Genre: Drama
Title: ORPHANS OF MATHARE (2003)  
Format: VHS
Language: In English and undetermined language with English subtitles.
Run Time: 62 Min
Description: Documents the lives of former street children, many orphaned by HIV/AIDS, now living at the Good Samaritan Children's Home, an orphanage and school run by Mercy Thuo in the Mathare Slum of Nairobi, Kenya. By following the lives of several orphans, the film lays bare the complicated relationship between poverty, violence, disease, Christianity, tradition and the orphan crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa. Reveals that global AIDS is not simply a medical crisis but a socio-cultural one as well that threatens to create a generation of children without parents.
Genre: Documentary

Title: NALIAKA IS GOING (2003)  
Format: VHS
Run Time:  85 Min.
Description: Story of a young woman who leaves her village to become a housemaid, attains language and typing on her own and travels to the city where she manages to escape various dangers and finds success in a career as well as romance.
Genre: Drama

Title: MAMA WAHUNZI: WOMEN BLACKSMITHS (2002)  
Format: VHS
Run Time: 57 Min.
Description: Documentary about a program teaching disabled Kenyan and Ugandan women to build low-cost wheelchairs to meet the pressing need for wheelchairs in their countries.
Genre: Documentary

Title: 10 YEARS OF STRUGGLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS: 1992 TO 2002 (2002)
Format: VHS
Language: In English and other local language(s).
Run Time:  37 Min.
Description: Presents various events highlighting the achievements of the Kenya Human Rights Commission and providing forums for individuals to describe their own experiences of human rights violations.
Genre: Documentary

Title: MR. NICE (2000)  
Format: VHS
Description: Tanzanian Takeu style music videos by Mr. Nice, who introduces each one.
Genre: Music Video

Title: SEARCHING FOR HAWA'S SECRET (1999)  
Format: VHS
Language: In English and other local language with English subtitles; closed-captioned.
Run Time:  47 Min.
Description: Canadian scientist Frank Plummer discovered that a small group of sex workers in a Nairobi shanty-town seemed to be immune from HIV. He believed a vaccine for HIV might come from duplicating whatever it was that make this group of women immune.
Genre: Documentary

Title: CARRY YOUR BURDEN: EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION FOR YOUTH (1998)  
Format: VHS
Run Time:  50 Min.
Description: This video focuses on the consequences of improper relationship of the old and the new generation. Teenage Rosa falls prey to an older man who deserts her when she becomes pregnant.
Genre: Drama

Title: SAIKATI THE ENKABAANI (1999)  
Format: VHS
Run Time:  93 Min.
Description: Saikati is a Masai girl who leaves her village to go to Nairobi to become a flying doctor.
Genre: Drama

Title: CROSSROADS (1997)  
Format: VHS
Language: Multiple languages with English subtitles.
Run Time:  55 Min.
Description: "The location is a crossing of roads leading from Uganda into Tanzania and from Kenya via Rwanda to Zaire. Some years ago, Mama Shillingi started her "hotelli" at the crossroads. She offered food and shelter to truck drivers. Until, in 1994, thousands of dead bodies came floating down the nearby Kagera river. Shortly thereafter, the refugees came across the border. Within a few days, half a million people had settled there. Around a hamlet of four houses, a boom town arose called Benaco."
Genre: Documentary

Title: METAMO (1997)  
Format: VHS
Run Time:  90 Min.
Description: A woman, with almost everything working against her, fights the odds and emerges as Judge of the High Court.
Genre: Drama

Title: THE JVC SMITHSONIAN FOLKWAYS VIDEO ANTHOLOGY OF MUSIC AND DANCE OF AFRICA (1996)  
Format: VHS
Run Time:  156 Min.
Description: Presents an overview of music and dance in Africa by selections of local performance styles focusing on the vernacular but including some popular forms. Booklets contain: an overview essay, selection descriptions, and resource material, including suggestions for listening, viewing, and reading.
Genre: Documentary

Title: MASAI WOMEN (1974)  
Format: VHS
Language: Mainly English, some in Masai with English subtitles.
Run Time:  52 Min.
Description: An ethnographic view of Masai culture and society, focusing on the preparation of young Masai girls for marriage and life in their society. Probes, through a candid interview with an older woman, the feelings of the Masai women about circumcision, polygamy and their inability to own property.
Genre: Documentary

Title: THE FLAME TREES OF THIKA (1992)  
Format: VHS
Run Time:  353 Min.
Description: A dramatization of the memoirs of Elspeth Huxley, this story is of a young British girl and her parents as they journey to the unspoiled wilderness of East Africa in 1913. There they struggle to transform a rugged plot of land into a farm -- and a home.
Genre: Drama

Title: SAIKATI (1992)  
Format: VHS
Language: In English and Masai with English subtitles.
Run Time:  93 Min.
Description: Saikati is a young Masai girl who has been promised in marriage to the chief's son. Rather than marry, Saikati runs away to Nairobi to live with her cousin and pursue her education. Nairobi, however, offers other problems and soon Saikati must struggle to return home.
Genre: Drama

Title: KENYATTA (1973)  
Format: VHS
Run Time:  53 Min.
Description: A biographical account of Jomo Kenyatta, the man who became Kenya's national leader and who eventually led the movement to establish an independent government.
Genre: Drama

Title: MAU MAU (1973)  
Format: VHS
Run Time:  53 Min.
Description: Recounts the events from 1952 through 1963 which culminated in the installment of an independent national government in Kenya, and the role of "Mau Mau" in these events.
Genre: Documentary

Title: WHITE MAN'S COUNTRY (1973)  
Format: VHS
Run Time:  53 Min.
Description: An overview of Kenya's history from colonization by the British in the 1890's, through the formation of its own independent national government in the early 1960's.
Genre: Documentary

Title: The boys of Baraka (2005)
Format: DVD; 2.0 stereo
Run Time: 84 min.
Description: Follows a group of 12-year-old boys from the most violent ghettos of Baltimore to the Baraka School, an experimental boarding school in rural Kenya, where children live by strict guidelines, yet are given the freedom to grow.
Genre: Documentary

Title:  The day I will never forget/ Women Make Movies (2002)
Format: VHS
Language: Some narration in English; English subtitles provided for narration in undetermined Kenyan languages
Run Time: 90 min.
Description: Examines the practice of female genital mutilation in Kenya and the pioneering African women who are bravely reversing the tradition.
Genre: Documentary

Title: The teapot (2001)
Format: VHS
Language: English
Run Time: 104 min.
Description: The story of a pregnant teenager, kicked out by her parents, who manages to pick up the pieces of her life and start over.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Searching for Hawa’s secret (1999)
Format: HVS
Language: In English and other local language with English subtitles; closed-captioned.
Run Time: 47 min.
Description: Canadian scientist Frank Plummer discovered that a small group of sex workers in a Nairobi shanty-town seemed to be immune from HIV. He believed a vaccine for HIV might come from duplicating whatever it was that make this group of women immune.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Give me a shilling : phenomenon of the street children  (1996)
Format: VHS (PAL)
Language: English
Run Time: 45 min.
Description: Pictures of the Charles Lwanga Watoto project, the efforts of the Brothers of St. Charles Lwanga not only to rehabilitate Nairobi’s street children, but to prevent slum children from ending up in the streets. Features life in the slums, the situation of the street children, the efforts of the social workers to involve the children’s parents, the various reception centers, the vocational school, the Boy’s Town Ruai Residential School, the community of the Brothers of St. Charles Lwanga as well as interviews with former street children and with various directors and benefactors of the project.
Genre: Documentary