Award winning Kenyan film ‘Kati Kati’ to stream on Netflix
Kenyan film Kati Kati from film director Mbithi Masya is set to stream on Netflix’s Kenyan film catalogue on Friday, February 3.
The film, which originally premiered in 2016, revolves around Kaleche (Nyokabi Gethaiga), a young amnesiac, who wakes up in the middle of the wilderness not knowing how she got there.
She makes her way to Kati Kati, a nearby lodge, where she meets a motley crew of residents under the leadership of Thoma. As Kaleche strikes up a quick and intense friendship with him, she discovers that there’s a lot more to Thoma and the mysterious Kati Kati.
Creator Masya made his name as one-third of the cult Kenyan group Just A Band and while his music videos have been featured everywhere from The New York Times to Fader to Huffington Post, this was his first venture into film.
“Feels like we made this a lifetime ago. Still super proud and grateful to everyone who played a part in bringing it to the screen,” Masya said while reacting to the news.
As a first film it is quite the stellar entrance as it has gone on to win six international awards, including the Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics at Toronto and Best East African Film, AMVC.
Lead actor Elsaphan Njora is a well-known multi-talented Kenyan artiste who is mostly known for his acting and spoken word.
He is the founder of EOPNATION; which is a spoken word event that is held in Nairobi every third Friday of the month and has been around for the last 9 years. His first recognizable breakout role was on Briefcase Inc. a show about two young Nairobi men trying to hustle through this life.
Female lead Gethaiga is an actress known for her roles in Going Bongo (2015) and acclaimed Nairobi Half Life (2012).
Having been screened at over 40 festivals globally, Kati Kati has won the New Voices/New Visions Award Special Mention at the Palm Springs International Festival; the Filmpris at the CinemAfrica Film Festival in Stockholm; and the Emerging Filmmaker Award at the 2017 Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival.