Best Kenyan Movies of All Time

Are you a fan of Kenyan cinema? Do you want to discover some of the best films that showcase this amazing country’s beauty, diversity, and talent? If yes, then you are in luck! In this blog post, I will list ten of the best Kenyan movies of all time that you should watch on Netflix or other platforms. These movies will make you laugh, cry, think, and feel inspired by the stories of ordinary and extraordinary Kenyans. Let’s get started!

What are some of the best movies that have come out of Kenya throughout history?

10. Ivy Indo Kenyan Movie (2020)

This romantic comedy follows the love story of Ivy, a Kenyan woman who falls in love with an Indian man named Raj. However, their relationship faces many challenges due to cultural differences, family expectations, and social pressures. Will they overcome these obstacles and find their happily ever after? Watch this movie to find out!

Ivy Indo Kenyan Movie

9. The Invisible Workers (2013)

This is a documentary that exposes the harsh realities of domestic workers in Kenya, who are often exploited, abused, and neglected by their employers. The film gives voice to these workers, who share their stories of struggle, resilience, and hope. The film also explores the legal and social issues that affect their rights and dignity.

8. Intellectual Scum (2015)

This is a short film that adapts the controversial essay by Field Ruwe, a Zambian writer who had a heated conversation with a white racist on a flight to America. The film depicts the exchange between the two men, who challenge each other’s views on Africa, colonialism, corruption, and development. The film is a powerful critique of the stereotypes and prejudices that plague the continent.

Njue at the private screening of Intellectual Scum
Movie Director, Njue at the private screening of Intellectual Scum

7. In the Shadow of Kilimanjaro (1986)

This is a horror film that is based on a true story of a drought that caused thousands of baboons to attack humans in Kenya in 1984. The film follows a group of people who try to survive the onslaught of the vicious animals, while also dealing with their own conflicts and tensions. The film is a thrilling and terrifying experience that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

In the Shadow of Kilimanjaro (1986) Trailer

6. I Want to Be a Pilot (2006)

This short film tells the story of Omondi, a young boy who lives in Kibera, one of the largest slums in Africa. Omondi dreams of becoming a pilot, but his life is full of hardships and challenges. The film shows his daily struggles and his determination to pursue his ambition despite the odds. The film is a touching and inspiring portrait of a child’s hope and resilience.

5. Sincerely Daisy (2020)

This coming-of-age comedy follows the life of Daisy, a high school graduate with big dreams for her future. However, her plans are disrupted by family, romantic drama, and financial difficulties. Daisy has to deal with her overbearing mother, her cheating boyfriend, her jealous friends, and her uncertain future. Will she be able to overcome these challenges and achieve her goals? Watch this movie to find out!

Sincerely, Daisy (Official Trailer)

4. Country Queen (2022)

This is Kenya’s first homegrown Netflix series that has taken the world by storm. The series chronicles the lives of ordinary Kenyans fighting against corporate power and land grabs. Country Queen explores urban and rural Kenya through characters intertwined by love, betrayal, and conflict. The series is a captivating and realistic depiction of Kenya’s social and political issues.

Country Queen | Official Trailer

3. Veve (2014)

This drama follows the lives of multiple characters involved in the khat trade, a stimulant plant widely consumed in Kenya and other parts of Africa. The film shows how the khat business affects the personal and professional lives of these characters, who face various challenges such as addiction, corruption, violence, and betrayal. The film is a gripping and insightful exploration of a controversial industry.

You can watch the film on Netflix here.

2. Nairobi Half-Life (2012)

This drama follows the story of Mwas, a young man who leaves his rural home to pursue his dream of becoming an actor in Nairobi, the city of opportunity. However, he soon realizes that the city is not what he expected, as he gets involved in crime and violence. Mwas has to balance his passion for acting with his survival in the harsh streets of Nairobi. The film is a compelling and authentic portrayal of urban life in Kenya.

You can watch the Nairobi Half Life movie here.

1. The First Grader (2010)

This biographical drama tells the story of Kimani Maruge, an 84-year-old Kenyan villager and ex-Mau Mau veteran who fought for his right to go to school for the first time in his life. The film shows how Maruge enrolled in a primary school with children six decades younger than him and how he faced opposition from his family, community, and government officials. The film is an inspiring and heartwarming tale of courage, perseverance, and education.

The First Grader Official Trailer

Conclusion on the greatest Kenyan movies of all time.

There you have it! These are ten of the best Kenyan movies of all time that you should watch as soon as possible. These movies will give you a glimpse of Kenya’s rich and diverse culture, history, society, and its filmmakers’ and actors’ amazing talent and creativity.

In the comments, share which film you liked the most and one that we may have missed on this list.