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PAFF 2014 Review: Judy Kibinge's Tom Tykwer-Produced 'Something Necessary'

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • February 6, 2014 2:42 PM
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PAFF 2014 Review: Judy Kibinge's Tom Tykwer-Produced 'Something Necessary'

Africa In Motion 13 Review: Judy Kibinge's 'Something Necessary'

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • October 25, 2013 3:01 PM
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Africa In Motion 13 Review: Judy Kibinge's 'Something Necessary'

TIFF 2013 Review: Judy Kibinge's 'Something Necessary'

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • September 6, 2013 10:02 AM
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In 2007, ethnic and political tensions in Kenya came to a head when public election votes believed to be rigged incited rioting and chaos that resulted in the deaths of over a thousand people and the displacement of even more. So often, when we hear about African stories either in cinema or on the news, the focus is on the hows and the whys of civil unrest, the horrors and atrocities so often thought of as basically synonymous with the continent. But it’s the aftermath of these kinds of realities, the unsettling quiet after the storm, that director Judy Kibinge keenly explores in her latest feature, Something Necessary. It begins with disturbing, real video footage of the carnage that occurred after the elections, but the film opts instead to tell the quiet story of one woman’s struggle to move on from the past. Anne (Susan Wanjiru), a nurse and mother who lives with her family on an isolated farm called ‘The Haven’, awakens from a coma to find that her once idyllic life will never be the same. A victim of physical and sexual violence at the hands of a gang of thugs during the post-election violence, we learn that her husband is dead at the hands of the thugs, her son in a coma, and her picturesque farm has been burned to ashes.

Judy Kibinge's Tom Tykwer-Produced Kenya-Set 'Something Necessary' Heading To TIFF + Trailer

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 14, 2013 11:07 AM
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I'm salivating over the Contemporary World Cinema section of this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Several films whose production progress we've been following over the last 12 to 24 months will be screening at the festival (many making the World premieres) when it kicks off next month, September 5.

Watch Judy Kibinge's Tom Tykwer-Produced 'Something Necessary' Today For FREE!

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • March 3, 2013 10:14 AM
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Titled Something Necessary, the film is directed by Kenyan filmmaker, Judy Kibinge, and produced by German filmmaker Tom Tykwer (Run Lola, Run, Perfume) via his film production company, One Fine Day Films, which he co-founded in 2008 with his girlfriend/partner, Marie Steinmann, with the goal being to promote and support filmmaking for aspiring filmmakers in Nairobi (Kenya), with Nairobi-based producing partners Ginger Ink.

Tom Tykwer-Produced Kenyan Drama 'Something Necessary' By Judy Kibinge To Premiere At Rotterdam

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 7, 2013 2:28 PM
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The International Film Festival Rotterdam continues to unveil its 2013 section line-ups, and we'll be scrubbing each list for any highlights worth mentioning on this site, like this one - a project we first profiled last summer, produced by German filmmaker Tom Tykwer (Run Lola, Run, Perfume) via his alternative film production company, One Fine Day Films, which he co-founded in 2008 with his girlfriend/partner, Marie Steinmann, with the goal being to promote and support filmmaking for aspiring filmmakers in Nairobi (Kenya), with Nairobi-based producing partners Ginger Ink.