Valentine ya Njaramba, at a screen near you

Correct me if I’m wrong but this must be among the first Kikuyu movies with sub-titles, and the first to have a trailer.

Dubbed as ‘rib-cracking’, Valentine Ya Njaramba is a local movie in the Kikuyu dialect written and directed by Emily Wanja, David Kinyanjui and Vincent Mbaya.

It is a 45-minute flick that was put together in just under a week, and will make its debut at the Kenya Cultural Centre on Friday evening (November 18).

Here’s the synopsis:

Life is hard for Njaramba. He was fired from his job as a matatu driver and then consequently dumped by his girlfriend.

But by some stroke of fortune, he has won himself a trip for two to Mombasa over Valentine’s Day.

Where in the world is he going to get a date to go with him, and at such short notice at that?

“The reason we decided to do this film is because we are filmmakers who want to tell contemporary African stories that depict the positive and fun side of us as a people, with respect to good quality of film itself as a medium of skilful story telling,” says Wanja.

She told Capital Lifestyle that the film is a deliberate effort by the producers to get into an often ignored and yet very vibrant film market. Have a look at the trailer…

The film’s main stars include Sam Kihiu and A B Ndichu.

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