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Kenyan web series 'Tuko Macho' does well at the Toronto Film Festival

07 September 2016, 22:00

Nairobi – A new web series depicting vigilante justice has gotten tongues wagging at the Toronto Film Festival .

According to the BBC the hugely successful fictional web series called ‘Tuko Macho’ was nominated for an award at this international acclaimed film festival.

The video stream goes live with the sound of distorted voice of a man describing his crimes.

The words “Guilty or Not guilty?” then flash up on the screen. The verdict claims that the man is guilty then shows him being killed by lethal injection… LIVE!

The act of vigilantism is carried out by a justice group, ‘Tuko Macho’ meaning ‘We are watching’ in Swahili.

"I really wondered what a Kenyan superhero would look like, especially a purposeful one like Batman," says Jim Chuchu, the director of Tuko Macho.

"I feel like Nairobi is such a Gotham City sometimes ? we have our own version of all these super-villains. They don't wear costumes but they are equally crazy and get away with much worse."

Jim Chuchu describes the series has being aware of the parallels between what he shows in the series and actual like in Kenya.

"There are people who have murdered, there are people who have stolen billions of shillings and they are just walking around the streets or running for office.

"You get the idea that court, and police and jail is some kind of performance and it only plays out on people of a certain social status ? if you're rich enough, if you're powerful enough all these rules don't apply to you."

Watch Tuko Macho here.

According to News24 in July hundreds of people marched through Kenya's capital condemning "extrajudicial executions" following the murder of three men, including a lawyer who criticised police abuse.

The bodies of lawyer, Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and driver Joseph Muiruri, who disappeared on June 23, were found on Friday by a riverbank outside Nairobi.

Law Society of Kenya chair Isaac Okero rejected police claims of an "isolated case involving a few rogue officers" and demanded the government take action.

"Many, many Kenyans have gone missing, and this is a situation that is completely intolerable," Okero said.





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