Event Review: Shorts, Shorts and Shots -Valentine’s Edition

Article by Oliver
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Posted: February 18, 2020

Last Friday, I had a chance to attend the Valentine’s edition of DocuBox’s monthly event, Shorts, Shorts and Shots.

The premise for the event remains the same; guests come wearing shorts (although this isn’t compulsory), drink shots (alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available for sale), and screen a selection of critically-acclaimed short films.

DocuBox is a local film fund that promotes East African talent by providing production film grants worth $2500, hosting training workshops and doing regular screenings of documentaries and films. The grant funds local film makers to turn their short film scripts into short films. This, they say is in a bid to create a more robust film industry in Kenya. For a chance to be a beneficiary, submit your application via www.mydocubox.org/portal

Based on the audience’s reaction, including a standing ovation for Morning After, the three films that stood out at the event were:

Understanding Her

By Lawrence Murage

The film follows four (utterly drunk) guys, who indulge in a bet for one of them to write a book about understanding women. If the bet was to be lost then the man would give up his car-something he certainly was not willing to do. The film took us through days of “research”, only for the final presentation to be a blank-paged book. This was a laughable and learning moment, basically pointing out that while it takes time for women to be understood, there’s no book that can clearly define them.

Washland Express

By Camille Campbell

‘Washland Express’ takes place almost entirely within an express drive-thru car wash. Two misfits take a ride through the wash together and inside this “tunnel of love”, they begin to fall for each other. Although the concept was hilarious, it was a tad out of sync with our Kenyan culture.

Morning After

By Brian Munene

‘Morning After’, the crowd’s favourite, is a true story-based film about the morning following a night between young lovers who met at a club. Chaos surrounds the duo when both their parents become involved on what they were up to. The storyline resonated with most, thanks to its well-written script and top-notch execution. Brian Munene was among the recipients who received the funding for ‘Morning After’ last year.

The event’s organizational structure was top notch as it started on time, save for lack adequate space in the theatre as it was full to the rafters- which we can argue means there’s a positive uptake by Nairobians towards local films. So, if you are planning to attend the next one, be punctual or otherwise you’ll miss the first few awesome shorts being screened. The average run-time for the films is 7-15 minutes and the evening runs about three hours with lots of films, discussion and socializing during breaks. We highly recommend you catch this event next time around. Keep your eyes on KenyaBuzz for updates on upcoming dates.

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