The rains are still with us and there’s a good reason to be indoors catching up with your favorite shows every evening. For those who love Game Of Thrones, season 1 – 8 is currently available for streaming on Showmax. Yaay!
Ok, obviously, there are a number of Kenyans who are not fans. (Yeah, I know …life must really be boring for them at the moment with all these “unbearable” Thronies taking over every conversation, both online and offline.) Not to worry because The Real Househelps of Kawangware is back with a bang, right?
And if you are looking for more local flavour, these award-winning Kenyan films are all streaming on Showmax.
1. Supa Modo
This is Kenya’s first ever superhero film. Supa Modo packs an emotional punch with the heart-warming tale of nine-year-old Jo, a terminally ill but vibrant girl with dreams of becoming a superhero who can fly. When Jo is discharged from the hospital to spend her remaining days at home, her headstrong sister and the whole village come together to make her dreams come true and turn her into the superhero she’s always wanted to be.
Trust me, there won’t be a dry eye in the house after you watch this movie.
Perhaps the most awarded Kenyan film ever, Supa Modo has won over 50 international awards including Best New Director (for Likarion Wainaina) at the Cape Town Film Festival, the Artistic Bravery Prize at the Durban International Film Festival 2018 and Best Screenplay at the Carthage Film Festival.
2. From a Whisper
Wanuri Kahiu’s first feature From a Whisper follows the aftermath of the August 7 1998 bombing of the US Embassy in Nairobi. The story is told from the perspective of an intelligence officer (Ken Ambani) and a young rebellious street artist (Corine Onyango), who are struggling to cope with the loss of their loved ones who perished in the attack.
In 2009, From a Whisper won five awards at the African Movie Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Wanuri.
3. Kati Kati
Kati Kati tells the story of Kaleche (Nyokabi Gethaiga) who wakes up in a mysterious resort with no recollection of who she is or how she got there. We soon find out that she is in the afterlife where she meets other “wandering” souls like Elsaphan Njora’s Thoma and Jojo (Mumbi Maina, How to Find a Husband). The film is directed by Mbithi Masya.
Other than being selected as Kenya’s entry to the Oscars in 2017, Kati Kati also won the International Federation of Film Critics Award at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and a 2017 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award (AMVCA) for Best Movie – East Africa.
4. Nairobi Half Life
In 2012, first-time director Tosh Gitonga (Disconnect) and One Fine Day Films brought to life Nairobi Half Life, a film that later became Kenya’s first ever entry to the Oscars in the Best Foreign Language category, and made Gitonga one of the most sought-after filmmakers in Kenya.
This crime drama follows Mwas, an aspiring actor who goes to the city to pursue his dreams, but soon finds himself pulled into a dangerous world of gangs and drugs. For this role, Joseph Wairimu who plays Mwas won Best Actor at the 2012 Durban International Film Festival, while the film itself won the most awards at the AMVCAs 2014.
5. The Flesh Business
Denis Maina’s eye-opening documentary film The Flesh Business sheds more light on the rampant prostitution at the Kenyan coast by telling the stories of the commercial sex workers who are involved in the trade – what led them to that life, the major players calling the shots and what the girls go through as they try to please their masters.
The Flesh Business won Best Documentary at the 2018 AMVCAs, making it the first documentary from Kenya to ever win in that category.
Showmax is the new way to watch TV, giving you instant access to the best series, movies and more to watch on multiple devices. You can stream online or download to watch offline. There are tonnes of premium series and movies for you and the kids with new shows added weekly.
There are various payment options including credit card, voucher, PayPal and MPesa.
Take advantage of the limited offer with MPesa, which ends soon. It gives you 3 months of Showmax for KSH 250, down from KSH 2 640. Showmax is also available at zero cost for DStv Premium customers. Go to https://www.showmax.com/eng/dstv-kenya for more.
How to pay for Showmax with MPesa
- Go to Showmax.com/mpesa
- Ensure the MPesa number that you use to pay for your Showmax account is the same as the mobile number registered on your Showmax account.
- Pay KSh 250 using your MPesa number to Paybill: 852552. Wait for your confirmation SMS.
- On the payments page, click ‘validate MPesa’ to start watching.