Set against the backdrop of the start of the devastating post-election violence that took place in Kenya in 2007/2008 and left tens of thousands of Kenyans homeless, traumatised or dead, Taharuki (Suspense) is the fictional account of a man and woman from opposing ethnic tribes who are working for an underground liberation movement to expose a child-trafficking cartel when something goes wrong, and they are forced to make tough choices in order to stay alive and complete their mission. Time is running out, lives are at stake, and every second counts. What they choose could change the course of history.

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Release Date


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12 minutes

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The Cast

Gilbert Owuor, Mariam C. Chemmoss, Chris Kamau


Acting 50%
Plot 66%
Cinematography 55%
Music 50%

Our Final Thoughts

In 12 minutes, writer-director Ekwa Msangi-Omari (‘The Agency’, ‘Block-D’) manages to put together a short film that lives up to its title. Taharuki deals with an important subject matter and illustrates the need for Africans (irrespective of ethnic differences) to continue to work together to achieve common goals. We gave it a 57%