The Constant Gardner Triumphs at BIFA

The Constant Gardner won three awards at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) including “best film”. Cool!

The Constant Gardner in my opinion is the best movie out this year and certainly in my top five in the last five years or so. In addition, the soundtrack is simply brilliant. This movie also makes me long for my country Kenya. It is interesting to note that the movie was originally scheduled to be shot in South Africa, but after touring the various scenes in Kenya, the producers decided that there was no way they would be able to recreate the scenery and the atmosphere in South Africa.

It is also significant to note that the book on which the move is based was at one time banned in Kenya however, with the change in administration there has been a change in heart. Hon. Raphael Tuju, the Minister of Information and Communications noted that even if Kenya did not permit the movie to be shot there, the movie would still be shot elsewhere and would still be critical of Kenya. Personally I am glad they allowed the movie to be filmed in Kenya.

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