Unbalanced movie premiers during African Film Night

Dr. Rachael Diang'a (Chair, Department of Cinematics, Assistant Professor, Film and Animation , School of Communication, Cinematic and Creative Arts) speaks during the African Film Night:PHOTO: Diana Meso

By Diana Meso

Produced by the pioneer class of the B. A Film Production and Directing program, the movie “Unbalanced” was premiered on Tuesday, June 18 at the auditorium during the African Film Night- an initiative by the Department of Cinematic Arts (USIU-Africa) to showcase various films produced across Africa every month.

The movie which was written and directed by Kevin Osoo (Film Production & Directing) depicts how the millennials struggle to maintain a balance between their studies, relationship and work all at once. It also draws attention to the typical life of a university student.

The movie production was supported by Dr. Rachael Diang’a (Chair, Department of Cinematics, Assistant Professor, Film and Animation , School of Communication, Cinematic and Creative Arts), Danielle Mbago, Gituro Mwangi, Mustafa Surrow, Salim Wandate, Margaret Njeri, Mageto Ndege, Daniel Skilton, Stephen Mwangi, Alan Munyao, Cedric Kircheiner, Brandon Wema, Daniel Kigaa, Christian Khaemba, Michael Ki’ngoria, Fulgence Ndilo (Finance Department) and Yusuf Saleh (HR Department) who was also part of the cast. The actors include Tsepiso Kanhema, Joy Mmare, Men Madaline, Candice Njoroge, Tony Bach, Wesley Casmir, Moureen Kariuki, Alfred Chidiebere and Michael Kingori’a.

Present at the event, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza congratulated the producer and the cast of the movie, pointing out that this was just the beginning of greater movies to be produced in USIU-Africa. He went on to say that the movie is a clear indication that the university is indeed the leading Film School in the region.

On the other hand, Dr. Racheal Diang’a urged participants to take advantage of opportunities to act in such films, saying that everyone in the university has the potential to be featured in any film.

Additionally, other short movies from various parts of the continent were also screened during the event; they include: Animation projects and Mad Love produced by USIU-Africa students, KIU, Seed, Clench and Solo produced in Kenya. The Bad Mexican produced in Uganda, Got Flowers Today produced in Nigeria and Forget Me Not produced in South Africa were also screened, courtesy of Docubox.

The screening was held as part of a film curation grant that Dr. Diang’a won late last year. The grant which was funded by Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) through University of Glasgow (UK), Africa in Motion Film Festival (UK) and Docubox (Kenya) provided a platform for Dr. Diang’a to be trained on film curation, together with other film professionals in Kigali, Rwanda and organize a film curation event.

The event was also graced by Timothy Owase, Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Film Commission, Victoria Goro, Kenya Film School, Wambui Gathee from Docubox and students from several Film Schools in Nairobi.

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