Why you need to watch out for Neophobia. –

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Neophobia is a film that tells the story of a young African woman who is obsessed with her old routine and is unwilling to learn new things. As the word is in itself, the fear of new things. The film therefore takes us through the process of  rediscovering self and placing our old selves in modernity. Neophobia is the only African(Kenyan) film showing in the 70th Cannes film festival this year. It is screening from the 24th-28th May 2017.

The production team consists of twelve members who are;

Mark Maina, the director, writer, editor and producer. He is an award winning Kenyan film director, screen writer and editor making his directorial debut in with Too late in 2013.His film Consigned to oblivion in 2014 got him international recognition through film festivals such as Kalasha International Film Festival 2015, Riverwood Ensemble 2015, Arusha African Film Festival, Out of Africa film festival among others. In 2015, he wrote and directed Home, a short film about an unemployed young writer suffering from writers block as he searched for inspiration to write his new novel. This was nominated for best short film at the Machakos film festival. He wrote, directed and produced Neophobia in 2017. The Kenya film classification board has agreed to sponsor him to the prestigious film festival in France.

The main character Joyce Maina is a Kenyan actress that is not new to the industry. She has been featured in films like Sumu la Penzi, Because Love, in adverts, the google and show max advert. In Neophobia she takes up the role of Fiona Bosibori. Her experience is shooting the film she describes as really amazing pointing out how easy it is to work with the producer Mark Maina.

The other film makers are, renowned  actor Brian Ogola who plays Dr Adam Akunga in the film, radio personality Cate Sidede plays the role of the narrator, Mark Rigaudis the Co-producer, cinematographers Marvin Kariuki and Dennis Gikonyo, production manager Maina Mwangi, production designer Ariel Gakunga, costume and make up Monica Kalekye, lights Naphtalie Mbati. Maggy the saloonist was played by Muthoni Thiong’o and young Fiona Rukshana Muthoni.

The films’ total budget was 150,000 Kshs, a small amount for the greatness contained in the short film. Advances like this create a new tunnel of light for young emerging film makers thirsty to tell Kenyan stories. Its screening in France as the only African film shows that we are well on our way to becoming a hub for film making in Africa. That alone is reason enough to celebrate this film and the film makers.


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