SOMETHING NECESSARY is a film about a pivotal period in the life of Anne, a woman struggling to rebuild her life after the civil unrest that swept Kenya following the 2007 elections, claiming the life of her husband, the health of her son and leaving her isolated farm in ruins. Joseph, a troubled young gang member who participated in the countrywide violence is drawn to Anne and her farm seemingly in search of redemption.

Both he and Anne need something that only the other can give to allow them to shed the painful memories of their past and move on – but will either of them find it? 


Chicago International Film Festival 2013: Nominated for Audience Choice Award; International Film Festival Rotterdam 2014; Toronto International Film Festival 2013, NorthAmerica Premiere; Montreal International Black Film Festival 2013: Official Selection; International Film Festival Panama 2014; WOW Wales One World Film Festival 2014; NY African Film Festival 2014; Festival de Cine Africano de Cordoba 2013

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Judy Kibinge

Judy Kibinge is a writer, producer and director born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1967. Her career in filmmaking benefited greatly from her background in advertising as Creative Director at McCann Erickson, one of East Africa’s largest advertising agencies, where she worked from 1992 to 1999 on award winning commercials for various international clients and brands. 

Despite never having attended a film school, Judy left advertising to become a filmmaker. Her first feature length film DANGEROUS AFFAIR was a contemporary film set in the heart of the urban, uptown Nairobi and is credited by some as having kicked off the wave of contemporary filmmaking in Kenya. This was followed by PROJECT DADDY in 2004 and the short thriller KILLER NECKLACE based on a graphic novel which also received great acclaim.

Her documentaries have been nominated three times for Best Documentary at the African Academy Awards, with one winning best short, COMING OF AGE. Currently, Judy is setting up an East African Documentary Film Fund supported by the Ford Foundation which aims to play a transformative role in the documentary film industry of the region by holding training sessions, screenings and giving documentary film grants. 

All from this director.