Something Necessary

Drama
| 81 min
Swahili
| German

A gangster movie from Kenya: funny, sad, brutal. It was the first Kenyan film ever entered into the Best Foreign Film Oscar race. Produced by German Star Tom Tykwer. Election violence based on ethnicity is a recurrent phenomenon in Kenya, but the destruction in 2007 was unparalleled. Youth gangs egged on by politicians roamed the country for three months, plundering, raping and murdering. Some 1200 people were killed. Over 300,000 Kenyans fled. The International Court of Justice in The Hague is still investigating. Anne is one of the victims. Her life is in ruins: her husband dead, son in a coma, farm destroyed and she hospitalized. For the sake of her child, she wants to rebuild her life, whatever the cost. She meets Joseph, who was on the side of the culprits during the riots.