More Kenyan movies in International Film Festivals

While August is about to end and the announcement of the Kalasha Film Awards are around the corner JITU FILMS are happy to announce that not one but three of their movies are being selected and they will be screened this October in International Film Festivals!

“Chasing Moses” and “Haunted” after their successful screenings in the 19th Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) last February, now they are traveling to California and in particular to the upcoming 2011 Silicon Valley African Film Festival that will take place on the 15-16/10/2011!

Set in beautiful Silicon Valley, California – the high-tech capital of the world, the Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF) provides audiences a lens to the real Africa. The mission of the Festival is to promote an understanding and appreciation of Africa and Africans through moving images. Its is goal to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help to destroy negative stereotypes.

In “Chasing Moses”, Moses is a poor disable breadwinner who is out in the slums trying to earn some money to feed his family. Trigger is an ex mercenary and heavy drinker who always commits to a task and sees it through, as long as he is paid to do so. And Jitu is the mighty mafia boss who pays Trigger to kill Moses…

This classic suspense film, about one man’s dramatic flight from a violent man to ultimate justice, starring Joseph Kamau Kinuthia (Zeinabu Rudi Nyumbani), Simon J Smithers (Mob Doc), Ruth Mueni and Philip Chege (R2 Security) is directed by Alexandros Konstantaras and was shot on location in Nairobi, Kibera and Olorigesaille.

In the ghost film “Haunted”, Wairimu is a writer with a writer’s block. In order to overcome it she decides to follow her brother and his 3 friends to a field trip adventure in an empty huge house where they used to live when they were very young kids. But the house keeps some deadly secrets that only Wairimu knows. But sooner than later the secrets come forward with the help of a ghostly guest. A spooky Kenyan ghost story with an ending that will haunt you for ever.”

Lydia Gitachu is the secretive writer, starring together with David Lomunyak, Boniface Loppoh, Brenda Mwai, Methu Muthoni and guest appearance by Pinky Ghelani. The film is directed by Oskari Korenius and Egregious Jitu and produced by Alexandros Konstantaras and Evelyn Kahungu.

Other Kenyan films that will be screened in this festival are: Pumzi, The Legend of Ngong Hills, Zebu and the Photo Fish, Boda Boda.

The 3rd JITU FILMS movie that will be screened in a festival abroad is the notorious horror movie “OTTO, the bloodbath” that will be part of this year’s Africa In The Picture Film Festival 5-9 OCTOBER 2011 in AMSTERDAM HOLLAND.

“AITP showcases a unique selection of films from the African continent and its diaspora, comprising more than 50 new feature films, shorts and documentaries – the kind of flicks that are rarely seen in European cinemas. Naturally World Cinema buffs will delight in the opportunity to get in touch with the current African crop.”

This is the second time that a Jitu Films movie will be screened in this festival after “Selfish?” was screened in last year’s edition.

“OTTO, the bloodbath” is the first Kenyan Horror film. Banned by the Kenyan Censorship Board as too horrific even to an adult and that contains too much blood and dead bodies! The movie is about a family torn between selling off their fathers land against the patriarch’s wishes. The children of the man’s first wife refuse to obey his wish and decide to bury him at the Langata Cemetery in Nairobi so that they can kick the second wife and her mute son out and enjoy the proceeds. That s when the horror begins….

In other news the director Alexandros Konstantaras is at the moment on location in Greece where he is getting ready for the production of his new movie “The return of Lazarus” a road movie set in North Greece with a Kenyan touch to it.