Saturday, 18 June 2011
GLADIATOR ACTRESS TALKS ABOUT HER KIBERA FILM
Danish actress Connie Nielsen talked about the plight of millions of people around the world who live in slums like Kibera, a place she encountered while making the film Lost in Africa.
Connie told US press that her film “humanizes the lives of people in the slums and makes them real to us, not blankly apathetic the way victims are often portrayed in the press and in films. Of that I am really proud," said Nielsen, who starred opposite Russell Crowe in the Academy Award-winning movie Gladiator (2000).
Lost in Africa debuted in Europe in 2010 with the title Kidnappet (Danish for kidnapped). The film centers on an 11-year-old boy, the soccer-loving Simon, who travels to his native Kenya with his Danish mother (played by Nielsen), who adopted him. While in Kenya, Simon loses his soccer ball and, when he goes looking for it, gets lost in a slum and becomes the target of kidnappers.
The movie which was recently cleared for theatrical releases in East and West Africa, features Kenyan seasoned actors and actresses like Robert Bresson, Godfrey Ojiambo, Gilbert K. Lukalia, Eddy Kimani, Lydia Gitachu, Nice Githinji, Lenny Juma among others. Maasai artiste Teto Tutuma is also featured as a Maasai.