Horrific memories from his past haunt Lusala. He fled his violent father in the countryside at a young age. Although this event keeps stalking him, his wealthy adoptive family in the metropolis of Nairobi thinks it's high time he worked on his future. He's almost a man, so he is given a job as a car mechanic, with his own apartment above the garage. Lusala is motivated to make the best of things, but the demons from his past cannot be exorcised.

Actor Brian Ogola manages to depict Lusala's inner turmoil with touching vulnerability. Lusala is on his way to adulthood, but is hampered by his formative childhood experiences. The traumas arise ever more intensely in his tiny new home. Tacking back and forth between intimate family drama and psychological thriller, this directorial debut by Kenyan actor and scriptwriter Mugambi Nthiga tackles masculinity, urbanisation and trauma in the country's capital.

Filmmaker
Mugambi Nthiga
Premiere
International premiere
Country
Kenya, Germany
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
61’
Language
Swahili, English
Producer
Siobhain "Ginger" Wilson, Sarika Hemi Lakhani, Tom Tykwer, Marie Steinmann-Tykwer
Production Company
Ginger Ink Films, One Fine Day Films
Sales
Rushlake Media
Writer
Silas Miami, Wanjeri Gakuru, Oprah Oyugi
Cinematography
Emma Nzioka
Editor
Kevin Wang'ombe
Production Design
Natasha Khanyola
Music
Eric Wainaina, Rushab Nadha, Mbogua Mbugua Mbugua
Cast
Brian Ogola, Stycie Waweru, Alyce Wangari, Mkamzee Mwatela, Alan Oyugi