Something Necessary: Story of Resilience and Redemption in Face of Unimaginable Cruelty


Something Necessary is an intimate moment in the life of Anne, a woman struggling to rebuild her life after the civil unrest that swept Kenya after the 2008 election. This is the latest production from the One Fine Day Films production company.

Previous successful projects include ‘Soul Boy‘ (2010) and Kenya’s first Academy Award (Oscars) entry ‘Nairobi Half-Life‘ (2012). We have featured ‘Nairobi Half-Life’ here. One Fine Day is headed by Marie Steinmann and Tom Tykwer (Cloud Atlas, Run Lola Run).

This film is available to watch for free today, the eve of Kenya’s elections, at MUBI.

The film’s synopsis also mentions that the civil unrest that occured in 2008 costs the life of her husband, the health of her son and leads to her isolation as she tries to piece her life back together. Joseph, a troubled young gang member who participated in the countrywide violence is drawn to Anne and her farm seemingly in search of redemption.

Both he and Anne need something that only the other can give to allow them to shed the painful memories of their past and move on – but will either of them find it?

The film is now on a world wide release. The section named ‘Upcoming Events’ on the right hand site of this website will be showing all the dates and venues.


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Starring: Susan Wanjiru, Walter Kipchumba Lagat, David Koprotich Mutai, Anne Kimani, Carolyne Chebiwott Kibet, Benjamin Nyagaka

Director: Judy Kibinge

Screenplay: Mungai Kiroga & JC Niala

Producers: Sarika Hemi Lakhani, Siobhain “Ginger” Wilson, Tom Tykwer

Co-Producers: Guy Wilson, Marie Steinmann; Rosh Khodabakhsh

3 thoughts on “Something Necessary: Story of Resilience and Redemption in Face of Unimaginable Cruelty

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