“Something Necessary” is a Kenyan story of forgiveness and redemption inspired by real stories from the post-election period. The film is a product of a One Day Film workshop, this time pairing veteran filmmaker Kibinge with Ginger Ink productions (the people behind Nairobi Half Life). Employing sparse dialogue and wide-angle shots that linger on pivotal scenes, “Something Necessary” tells the story of one woman’s struggle to piece her life back together after losing her husband and home during a senseless act of violence. Interestingly, the film also follows Joseph, one of the members of the gang who has second thoughts about his actions. UP caught up with the film’s lead, Susan Wanjiru (31) during a press screening.
What is your acting background?
I’ve done a lot of theatre before, like with Friends Ensemble but this is my first film.
How did you join the “Something Necessary” cast?
I actually auditioned when I was 29 although I saw that [the casting agents] were looking for someone in their 30s, someone who could play a mother. But I thought, if it was meant for me, it was meant for me. They called me back a month later for a second audition.
What do you think of the character “Anne”?
She is a very strong. It was a very emotional experience acting her character. Anne loses everything and the one person she thought she could trust ends up letting her down.
Why should people watch this film?
People go through a lot in life but tend not to [easily] forgive. Come and watch this film and learn that forgiveness is key.
Watch the trailer here
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