The 5 Best Kenyan Movies of 2017

The Kenyan film industry also known as Kenyawood is still at it’s sowing stages and it seems to have been striving to improve in recent times as Kenyan writers and directors are working hand in hand creating excellent piece of work which is actually selling out the industry into the world lately. A few of the movies from the Kenyan industry got nominated for international awards both in America, Canada as well as Nigerian which they won some home to cherish and to be used as a motivation to work even harder.

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The industry is known to produce some of the best hot love and relationship movies so far when it comes to overall African movies, and this also has brought a huge amount of attention to the industry in recent times. From Watu Wote and 18 Hours and Thank you for the Rain; here are some of the best Kenyan movies from 2017 which most Kenyan movie lovers are raving about.

Watu Wote (All of us)

Best Kenyan Movies of 2017 Watu Wote (All of us)
Director: Katja Benrath. Stars: Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed, Mahad Ahmed. © IMDB

Kenya has been experiencing serious suicide attacks for about a decade and one of the many attacks they’ve experienced so far is that of a bus attack which got immortalized by the movie “Watu Wote”. The film was directed by Katja Benrath and has won 29 awards since it’s release.


Best Kenyan Movies of 2017 Zilizala
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A young man named “Samba” leaves his village for the city after the death of his grandmother in order to make himself a living. While on his quest to securing a better future for himself, he witnesses the death of his friend “Kasa” who leaked secrets about a drug cartel he happens to have dealings with before he gave up the ghost. The cartel are now after poor “Samba” who has nothing to do with their unfinished business with his dead friend.

18 Hours

Best Kenyan Movies 18 Hours

Director: Njue Kevin. Stars: Nick Ndeda, Brian Ogola, Sue Wanjiru. © IMDB

This is a movie directed by Njue Kevin about a rookie paramedic who spends multiple hours within an ambulance with a road crash patient struggling between life and death with the hopes of finding an hospital to admit him for immediate medical care.


Best Kenyan Movies Neophobia
Director: Mark Maina. Stars: Joyce Maina, Brian Ogola, Cate Sidede. © IMDB

Written and produced by Mark Maina simply shows how a young woman obsessed with doing things the old fashioned way gets a total turn around after using a modern hair dryer for once. The movie has been motivated for various local and international awards and has also bagged home a few accolades since it’s release.

Thank you for the Rain

Thank you for the Rain
Directors: Julia Dahr, Kisilu Musya. © IMDB

A Kenyan farmer known for using his camera to capture the lives of his family, village and the various climate changes in his community gets thrown out of his home as a result of a violent storm which hit his village. With help of a Norwegian friend who also went through the same experience as him, he turns a community leader and activist on a global stage.


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