Magazine article Variety

Kenyan TV Series Explores Gritty Underworld

Magazine article Variety

Kenyan TV Series Explores Gritty Underworld

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PRIMETIME PROGRAM

A NOTORIOUS CRIMINAL gets abducted in the middle of a carjacking by a group of vigilantes. Broadcasting his captivity to an online audience later that night, they ask viewers to decide on his fate. When the votes are in, his execution is live-streamed over the internet.

It's a gritty and dystopian introduction to the world of "Tuko Macho," an interactive web series by Kenya's The Nest Collective, set in the harsh underbelly of Nairobi. It's a world full of rampant crime, corruption, and mob justice - one that its creators say mirrors the hard reality of life in the Kenyan capital today.

Two episodes of "Tuko Macho" will screen at Toronto as part of its Primetime program, which features innovative TV shows from around the world. The only African selection, it will appear alongside such critically acclaimed series as "Black Mirror" and "Transparent."

The show marks the second trip to Toronto for The Nest, a multidisciplinary arts space in Nairobi, after the 2014 world premiere of "Stories of Our Lives," five vignettes about Kenya's LGBT community. …

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