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The River Between
By Ngugi wa Thiong’o
From Amazon: A legendary work of African literature, this moving and eye-opening novel lucidly captures the drama of a people and culture whose world has been overturned. The River Between explores life in the mountains of Kenya during the early days of white settlement. Faced with a choice between an alluring new religion and their own ancestral customs, the Gikuyu people are torn between those who fear the unknown and those who see beyond it.
Weep Not, Child
By Ngugi wa Thiong’o
From Amazon: Two brothers, Njoroge and Kamau, stand on a garbage heap and look into their futures: Njoroge is to attend school, while Kamau will train to be a carpenter. But this is Kenya, and the times are against them: In the forests, the Mau Mau is waging war against the white government, and the two brothers and their family need to decide where their loyalties lie. For the practical Kamau, the choice is simple, but for Njoroge the scholar, the dream of progress through learning is a hard one to give up.
The first East African novel published in English, Weep Not, Child explores the effects of the infamous Mau Mau uprising on the lives of ordinary men and women, and on one family in particular.
Born to be Wild
Available streaming on Amazon Prime and on DVD and Blu-Ray
Originally shot for IMAX, this film won the Genesis Award for Best Documentary Feature from The Humane Society of the United States for its celebration of the people rehabilitating baby elephants and orangutans orphaned by poaching and habitat encroachment.