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Something Necessary

Something Necessary

Directors: Judy Kibinge
Kenya and Germany
Swahili with English Subtitles
85 min
World Cinema
Spotlight Africa

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.

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Film Format: DCP

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Judy Kibinge


Judy Kibinge is a writer, producer and director born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1967. Her career in filmmaking benefited greatly from her background in advertising as Creative Director at McCann Erickson, one of East Africa’s largest advertising agencies, where she worked from 1992 to 1999 on award winning commercials for various international clients and brands. Despite never having attended a film school, Judy left advertising to become a filmmaker. Her first feature length film DANGEROUS AFFAIR was a contemporary film set in the heart of the urban, uptown Nairobi and is credited by some as having kicked off the wave of contemporary filmmaking in Kenya. This was followed by PROJECT DADDY in 2004 and the short thriller KILLER NECKLACE based on a graphic novel which also received great acclaim. Her documentaries have been nominated three times for Best Documentary at the African Academy Awards, with one winning best short, COMING OF AGE. Currently, Judy is setting up an East African Documentary Film Fund supported by the Ford Foundation which aims to play a transformative role in the documentary film industry of the region by holding training sessions, screenings and giving documentary film grants.


Production Companies: One Fine Day Films and GINGER INK Films

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Jeanne Randall Malkin Family Foundation