Why Subira Movie might be the biggest Kenyan movie in 2018



Film making in Kenya continues to prove the efforts and achievements to nurture talent and grown the entertainment industry by giving the best there is in films.

Kenyans at some point might have complained that most films or programs that are promoted in the country are foreign but with the recent films, Kenyans say no more.

From Rafiki, Supa Modo and now what is hitting the headlines is the Subira Film.

Kenya is getting ready for the launch of the biggest and overly hyped Subira Film which is set to premiere on the 29th of November at the Westgate Mall.

The film is about this young pretty girl who’s struggling to live her life as she dreams to but then here is her family imposing every other traditional believes to her.


It is all about striving to follow your dreams and doing what makes you happy. It gives the hope of standing up firmly despite the challenges as a Kenyan/African youth.

But then again the challenges and African girl goes through sometimes. At the 21 century, we are still having these arranged marriages, restrictive local customs this film is just laying bare what’s happening.

Subira has 13 nominations in the prestigious Kalasha Awards. Some of which are: best lead actress/actor, best supporting actress/actor.

The Subira Film was Edited in Kenya and Hollywood by Rose Taabu of XYZ and Terry Kelly (Homeland series editor)


Tickets are almost sold out since only 6 days are left for it to premiere. Kenyans have today taken to social media to hype it and with all the excitement you can tell that this is one of the biggest film ever.

The main characters include Brenda Wairimu, Nice Githinji, Wambui Gitobu among  other actors and actresses.

Brenda Wairimu Subira
Ali Mwangola Adam Hussein
Godfrey Odhiambo Askari
Zeenat Ali Omar Young Subira

The film is by a Kenyan-Indian director Sippy Chadha and is based on her 2008 short film of the same name.

Subira tells the story of a young girl who is determined to live her dream of being a swimmer against the odds of restrictive local customs and a looming arranged marriage to an upper class family.

The setting in the Subira Film is of Lamu and the Nairobi region clearly you can already picture the huge difference between the two regions even in terms of the lifestyle.


That for me is pretty much captivating. From the trailer you can grasp so many things.  You can see the life, beauty and beyond that creativity that is deeply woven.

Have you watched the trailer yet? Well you should and probably get a ticket too.

“The story of Subira comes from a place of deep personal experience,” says Sippy, adding, “Growing up as a girl, in a traditional family in India, my entire life was laid out in front of me. I must behave a certain way, look a certain way, marry into a certain family, have children, in that order. There wasn’t any significance given to my unique sense of self. In fact, self-expression was not allowed. Girls must obey to be considered “Good”.”

If this does or raise your curiosity, then I do not know what will.

Have a look at the trailer…

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