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Films shot in Kenya we bet you didn’t know of

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Producers have long had numerous reasons to film in Kenya because of its rich history, unique culture, and stunning natural surroundings. Here are some well-known movies that were filmed in Kenya;


Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
Just two hours outside the city, in Kenya’s breathtaking Hell’s Gate National Park, Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life was filmed on location.

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Many shots, especially the main ones in the “tomb,” are perfectly framed by the stunning gorges, cliffs, and rocks. Pokot tribe members from Kenya appeared in the film as the strange tribe that tomb raider Lara Croft discovered in Africa.

The First Grader
One of a kind and motivating, this film is. It is a biographical film about Tony Njoroge, a Mau Mau (freedom fighter) who is the oldest pupil to ever enroll in an elementary class at the age of 84.

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He starts a learning adventure without any qualms after finding that primary school is now free for primary children, a chance he had never had before and couldn’t afford. He is in a class with six-year-olds. It is a tale about maintaining focus and seizing opportunities at any age. The Great Rift Valley of Kenya is where the movie was filmed.

Born to be Wild
This documentary was filmed in Borneo’s jungles and in Kenya. It provides light on the attempts to save wild species, particularly elephants, who are extensively featured in the 40-minute documentary film, and is narrated by the instantly recognizable voice of Morgan Freeman. The conservation efforts are led by Birute Galdikas and Daphne Sheldrick.

The Rise and Fall of Idi Amin

Idi Amin, the president of the Republic of Uganda during his rule in the 1970s, is the subject of this biographical film.

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Due to his peculiarities, which included excluding Asian businesspeople from his nation, Uganda’s economy failed. The scenic areas of western Kenya serve as the backdrop for some of the movies.

The Ghost and the Darkness
The amazing tale of the Tsavo man-eaters is well-documented in historical accounts as a fascinating terror that the Nairobi-Mombasa railway workers had to undergo.

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The two male mane-less lions that occasionally made dinner of the crew and the guy who sets out to hunt them down to put an end to the bloodshed and terror are the central characters in the story.

Sense8, one of the most popular science fiction shows on Netflix, is filmed on location in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. The plot centers on a group of young people from many countries who are perplexed by how they can use each other’s abilities and converse telepathically while being connected psychologically. They struggle to unite in order to combat their shared foe in order to survive and protect the status quo of the world order since they are being sought after.

Cry Freedom
Cry Freedom, a potent South African drama starring Denzel Washington, helps expose the genuine tragedy of the country’s apartheid administration at the time.

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The main focus of the film is an odd friendship between Steve Biko, a black activist, and Donald Woods, a white top editor of a liberal newspaper. Donald initially opposed Biko, but after meeting him, he changed his mind. The majority of the film was filmed in Zimbabwe, however, Mombasa, a port city and seaside town in Kenya, served as the location for the beach sequences.

Gun Runners
Semi-arid, inter-community cattle rustling feuds have long caused instability and disturbed the calm in these villages in the northern region of Kenya. This setting serves as the backdrop for the film Gun Runners. Due to the fact that Julius and Robert, two young guys, have spent the majority of their life fighting and stealing livestock, they have become accustomed to the occupational hazard of running skirmishes with the police. They decide to sell their weapons for a pair of running shoes and the potential to succeed in the marathon running world in order to build a better future for themselves.

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The Constant Gardener
In the conspiracy thriller The Constant Gardener, the introverted British diplomat Justin Quale and his wife Tessa follow their migration to Kenya.

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When Tessa is murdered, things take an unanticipated turn for the worse, and Justin finds himself involved in the detective world in an effort to discover the killers. All of the evidence first points to Dr. Arnold Bluhm, but as the British Embassy becomes involved and starts pressuring Quale to put the case to rest, it becomes clear that there is more to his wife’s murder than first appears. Justin is about to learn who his formidable opponents are and what his wife’s hidden secrets are.

Nowhere in Africa
This narrative is based on Stefanie Zweig’s autobiography. The story centers on a German Jewish family that fled Nazi Germany under Hitler and found safety in Kenya.

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Nowhere in Africa is a moving film that demonstrates how love for one’s family, country, and self can give one strength in the face of overwhelming obstacles. In 2001, it took home the Best Foreign Language Film and Best Feature Film Oscars.


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