Kikulacho – the Bite Within
A Film Every Kenyan Must See
This week A24 Media and Camerapix, in collaboration with Transparency International-Kenya, launched a deeply insightful and powerful documentary titled Kikulacho - The Bite Within, at the Silverbird Cinemas in Nairobi. How devastating is poor organization and management to a country and its people? How can we ensure better leadership and a better tomorrow for our children?
These are some of the themes explored and laid bare in the film Kikulacho – the Bite Within. Kikulacho is a moving Kenyan documentary that examines how corrupt systems and policies have impacted on the common people. But it is also a story of hope and triumph that aims to look at how our institutions and leadership can be shaped by the people themselves to realize their dreams.
The film will be broadcast on Nation Television on Saturday July 17th at 9.45 pm and will then be followed by a global release. The film has been launched at a critical time in our country’s history. Kenya is just a few weeks away from voting in a referendum on whether to adopt a new constitution. The last time a referendum took place on the same issue it bitterly divided the country and sowed the seeds for the discord and violence that rocked the country and shocked the world in the December 2007 elections.
How have our elections been organized? Why does land remain such an emotive issue – can any constitution be used as a tool of oppression? Using powerful, historical archive, interviews with people across the country and a haunting music score, the film seeks some answers to these questions. Much of the material in the film was drawn from Camerapix’s own rich and authoritative library and gives perspective to the tale of corruption in Kenya.
Directed by Kenyan filmmaker, Murad Rayani and produced by the same team that created such award winning documentaries as Refusing to Die and Mo & Me, Kikulacho, promises to be another hard-hitting globally acclaimed story. Mo & Me in particular went on to win over a dozen best documentary awards including the New York International Film Festival, the Chairperson’s prize at the Zanzibar International Film Festival and was screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
A24 Media is Africa’s first online delivery site for material from journalists, African broadcasters and NGO’s from around the continent and its production arm, Camerapix, founded by the legendary photo-journalist, Mohamed Amin, is one of the continent’s oldest independent production houses. Speaking during the launch of the film, A24 Media Chairman Salim Amin said: “This film is meant to serve as an eye opener. It basically is a stop sign, for people to pause and think, before literally stampeding into yet another crushing pitfall,” referring to the 2005 referendum and the 2007 post-election violence. “It was so clear after the 2007 elections that the image we portrayed of Kenya as a land of peace was a sham that brutally turned to a mess in the eyes of the whole world,” he added.
The film covers such emotive topics as extra-judicial killings, corruption scandals including Goldenberg and the issues of landlessness and squatters rights. It also examines the key impact played by such icons as Pio Gama Pinto and JM Kariuki as well as exposing the dark underbelly of corruption. As the country stands at a crossroads with the ghost of the last election still looming large and the referendum approaching, the film is a must see for every Kenyan and anyone concerned with issues of human rights, progress and how people are governed. “It is also a story of hope and triumph that aims to look at how our institutions and leadership can be shaped by the people themselves to realise their dreams,” said the TI-Kenya Executive Director, Samuel Kimeu, in his address to the audience prior to the screening.
Premiering just three weeks before the constitutional referendum, the film will be used for civic education with its call to action to citizens to actively participate in decision-making processes including the referendum and the 2012 elections. The film also aims to provide an impetus for debate and dialogue on governance issues, and act as a springboard for the Kenyan public to make a difference in their communities, have a say in issues that affect their lives, and take responsibility for the future of Kenya
“Transparency International-Kenya hopes that all Kenyans will view this documentary and act to stamp out the attitude of helplessness and apathy towards corruption. Accountability and transparency requires an active role by the public. Kenyans’ power to take charge, change their destiny and shape a better Kenya lies with their votes,” said the TI-Kenya Board Chair, Dr Richard Leakey.
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