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