When a father of three and husband to one tries to escape attending a relative’s wedding, he finds himself repeatedly reminded that domestic life will inevitably bring with it some degree of disturbance. In this short, things go a bit awry for dad as his hopes of spending a relaxing, quiet day alone quickly come undone.
From RECON-Digital comes an animated short film titled “The Greedy Lords of the Jungle”, based on a well-known Kenyan story. It is a story with a very significant place in Kenyan folklore
Not so long ago, in a beautiful land, there lived a man. Unfortunately not everyone who came to the land was honest and true. Some folks were very greedy. These unjust individuals sought to take as much as they could from the man. Eventually, the man had suffered so much that he decided to find a way to deal with the problem.
Originally the story was an allegory about the disenfranchisement of the Africans by the Europeans especially during and after ‘the Scramble for Africa’. The principles are equally true of any situation in which one party, wrongfully and especially forcefully, acquires another party’s property or rights. Unfortunately this is a problem still rife in Africa and one that regularly rears its ugly head right here in Kenya. One need go no further than the I.D.P. problem and the numerous national scandals to find evidence of the effects of such vice.
The film’s tag line is, “The cost of justice is a price worth paying.”
At a special event held at the Kenya National Museum, RECON-Digital premiered its first short films. Those who spoke at the occasion included Nation Media Groups Chief Executive Officer Mr Linus Gitahi and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communications Dr Bitange Ndemo. The need to have a global outlook when developing our African animation products was emphasized. The two short films, namely “Domestic Disturbance” and “The Greedy Lords of the Jungle”, are quite possibly the first of their kind in the East Africa region and represent an important milestone.