The year 2018 got off to a productive start for Tufilamu Pictures with their newest short film project, “1988”.
Starring Helena Waithera, Mike Njeru, Raymond Ofula and Qwachezz Kwach, ‘1988’ is a simulation of the late 80’s Kenyan society, that was too often characterized by civil rights infractions against free speech, punctuated by detainments that too often were associated with violent torture at the infamous Nyayo Chambers.
Written by Charles Chanchori and directed by Robert Asimba, 1988 is the story of Khoti Babu, a 21-year-old law student at University of Nairobi, who gets on wrong the side of the law with alleged bad-mouthing of the government.
Typical of numerous treasonous charges in this leg of Kenyan history, Khoti is subjected to brutal treatment and blackmailed into turning in his Marxist professors at his university, in exchange for immunity and a secure government job.
Law enforcement officers were often the henchmen for this regime and they were greatly feared by all, save for a select few who were never cowered into fear for exercising their constitutional right, that is, free speech.
1988 can also be said to be a modern-day adaptation as democracy and dictatorships often have blurred lines between them for modern African countries.
1988 is set to be released in early February 2018 and we hope to set a precedent for future historical adaptations of a genre that can rightly be termed as unpopular.
The writer Charles Chanchori echoed this sentiment in a recent Facebook post “Last year, I wrote a short story called 1988, based on the Nyayo House Tortures of people that Moi’s government did not like very much…I am extremely grateful to Robert Asimba, Mike Njeru and the rest of the audaciously dedicated team at Tufilamu Pictures for working around the clock to make sure that we have as perfect a movie as possible.”