Something Necessary

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Kenya | 2013 | 85 minutes | Judy Kibinge

January 25 - 26, 2014

Judy Kibinge's daring yet elegant film is an uplifting parable about atonement, set against the deadly violence that followed the 2007 elections in Kenya. 

Film: $11 | $6 SIFF Members
Festival Pass: $60 | $40 SIFF Members (includes Opening Night party)

Anne struggles to rebuild her life after Kenya's civil unrest has killed her husband, gravely injured her son, and left her isolated farm in ruins. Joseph, a quiet and troubled young gang member who took part in the countrywide violence, is drawn to Anne and her farm, seemingly in search of connection and redemption. This powerful story of forgiveness and reconciliation presents an intimate look at the aftermath of violence on both perpetrators and victims.

Directed with grace, beautifully filmed, and brimming with convincing performances, Something Necessary is a remarkable collective achievement from Ginger Ink -- a new, energizing production initiative in Kenya.

  • Director: Judy Kibinge
  • Principal Cast: Susan Wanjiru, Walter Kipchumba Lagat, David Koprotich Mutai, Anne Kimani
  • Country: Kenya, Germany
  • Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 85 minutes
  • Producer: Ginger Wilson, Tom Tykwer
  • Screenplay: Mungai Kiroga, JC Niala
  • Cinematographers: Yinka Edward
  • Editors: Justin Wachira
  • Music: Matthias Petsche
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Swahili
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • International Sales: VOD Consulting