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1988 Short Film
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1988 tells the story of a politically critical period in Kenya’s history during the one-party rule. It sets the precedence of Kenya’s emergence from that to the multi-party democratic system we appreciate and are accustomed to today.

Starring both seasoned and debutant actors in the cast; Helena Waithera, Mike Njeru, veteran actor 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 wrongful detentions that too often were associated with violent torture at the infamous Nyayo Chambers.

Written by Charles Chanchori and directed by the talented Robert Asimba, 1988 mirrors the tribulations of Khoti Babu, a law student at University of Nairobi who gets on the wrong 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.

Behind the Scenes

Producer
Christine Njeri, Robert Asimba
Director
Robert Asimba
Editor
Brian Adagala
Director of Photography
Brian Adagala
script writer
Charles Muchori
Assistant Director
Brian Gatimu
Continuity
Ann Rain, Sarah Mwangi
Camera Assistance
Shammer Agila
Art Director
Evans Marigi
Wardrobe
Fiona James
Make up & SFX
Njeri Gatheru
Gaffer
Moses Mwangi
Sound Recordist
Ian Gathura
Boom Swinger
Chris Akwaya
Sound Design
George Audi
Score
Ibrahim Sidede
Catering
Juma Moi
Digital Artist
Jimnah Njue
Cast
Mike Njeru, Helena Waithera, Raymond Ofula, Patrick Gatimu, Qwachez Kwach, Dennis Ragot, Kelvin Akoto, Prince Wafula,
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