Event Review: Shorts, Shorts & Shots -Mzalendo Edition
Over the weekend, Docubox -in partnership with Nairobi Film Festival -hosted audiences to a unique viewing experience involving Kenyan films at Prestige Plaza, Nairobi. The monthly event, dubbed Shorts, Shorts & Shots centres around attendance dressed in shorts, watching short films by Kenyans, and taking shots of your preferred drink (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic available).
In a bid to support local filmmakers, Docubox awarded three new fiction film makers with grants. Brian Munene, Lawrence Murage and Ian Kithinji each won Kshs. 250,000 to turn their short film scripts into films towards the end of the event.
These are the top three films at the event which particularly stood out
By Wanjiru Nderu
‘Boxed’ is a fictionalized short film based on the true story of the terrifying and daring escape by Henry ‘Box’ Brown. The 19th-century Virginia slave escaped to freedom at the age of 33 by arranging to have himself mailed in a wooden crate in 1849 to abolitionists in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The journey took 27 hours.
By Lydia Matata
‘Millet’ follows the story of a mother who turns to her pastor for guidance, ending up staying at the premises for a while with her daughter. The child later discovers the pastor has been keeping secrets while his congregation suffer for a non-existent belief.
Love Sweet Sound
By Neha Manoj Shah
‘Love Sweet Sound’ is an endearing film about Keya, a lady who encounters a horrific incident and goes blind. Keya struggles in her day to day activities until she meets a guy who assists her in better utilizing her hearing senses to easily navigate on her own.
Both Lydia Matata’s ‘Millet’ and Neha Manoj Shah’s ‘Love Sweet Sound’ film had earlier received grants of USD 2500 each to turn their scripts into films.
Generally, Shorts, Shorts and Shots event’s organizational structure was top notch as it started on time, save for lack adequate space in the theater as it was full to the rafters- which we can argue means there’s a positive uptake by Nairobians towards local films. The average run-time for the films were 4-15 minutes.