April 7, 2020

WAZI? FM Is Controversial and Thought-Provoking

Brought to you by My Movies Africa

Wazi? FM is a detective mystery thriller that follows the story of MoMo, an urban Somali refugee living in Nairobi's Eastleigh area where he runs the community radio station with his friend, Kevo. Everything seems to be running seamlessly for the community radio station but they face a hurdle when the two friends discover a secret within the community which leads to MoMo's disappearance. In a bid to uncover the truth around MoMo's disappearance, an inspector from the Kenyan Special Forces begins putting together evidence that starts raising questions about what is really happening in Eastleigh and whether Kevo was ever MoMo's friend.

When Wazi? FM was first released it came at a time when the film's narrative was rather controversial. Focusing on themes centered around the challenges faced by urban refugees in the wake of the Westgate attack in Nairobi as well as issues of corruption, refugee rights and police harassment of urban refugees in their own communities saw the film being treated as a rather sensitive creative work. However, despite the limited viewership the film received upon its initial release, it went on to garner critical acclaim and even win awards at the European African Film Festivals and the Zanzibar International Film Festival in 2015, further drawing much-needed attention to the themes conveyed in the film.

Get your movie night sorted and check out WAZI? FM here.

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