Now in its 25th year, the European Film Festival in Nairobi explored the theme of ‘Integration’, speaking to recent immigrants into the European Union mostly stirred by conflict in Syria.
As part of the festival, and to mark the British Council’s global programme of events celebrating Shakespeare’s work on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death, we screened Dave Brubeck’s 1961 film All night Long, an updated version of Shakespeare's’ Othello.
All Night Long features onscreen appearances by jazz legends Charles Mingus and Tubby Haynes in London and alludes to the racial politics the sensational 1960s jazz scene.
For the premiere event, Kenyan saxophonist, Rabai, and percussionist, Kasiva Mutua, improvised a performance during the screening adding unforgettable rhythm to the film.
Musicians were invited to the screening and the Jam session. Several artists brought their instruments and had a vibrant session led by Kasiva and Rabai.