A personal exploration of notions of division in Nairobi, Kenya in the run up to the 2013 presidential elections.
The outcome of a five week International Fellowship of the Triangle Network and Gasworks Gallery based at Kuona Trust, Nairobi. Full sixty minute feature coming soon.
Premier/Divisions is an Artist’s film that blurs the line between documentary and experimental observational studies, in an attempt by the maker, as an outsider, to understand the complexities and tensions surrounding perceived and real notions of division in Kenyan society in the run up to the 2013 presidential elections.
The footage was documented at a time when tensions were particularly at the forefront of Kenya's collective consciousness due to the occurrences of the last election in 2007/08 and the so called 'post election violence' wherein tribal, class and political conflicts resulted in the murders of over 1,200 people.
Through a series of interviews with Nairobi residents, including artists, film makers, journalists, musicians and the immediate network of people based around the Kuona Trust Arts Centre, Daniels mixes oral anecdotal perspectives on contemporary Kenyan life within the context of tensions highlighted by the election, which was ultimately won by President Uhuru Kenyatta on March 4th, 2013.
The film aims to present a personalised portrait of Nairobi with all its vibrancy, complexities and contradictions and reflect on universal societal habits to seek communal identities, ideologies and alliances