VEVE MOVIE REVIEW- SET IN MERU, KENYA
Karen Kanewe writes that Veve is a story of political intrigue, revenge, love, and longings for success complemented by the background of the thriving yet unregulated veve business.
The movie VEVE produced in 2014 follows the lives of a number of characters in a Kenyan society who are caught up in a world of political conspiracy, desire for success, love and revenge. This story is built in a specific society of Meru. The people of Meru have a core business of planting veve, which is locally known as miraa.
The farmers of veve are facing a lot of problems in a case where their member of parliament, Amos, is humiliating them economically. Society is again dominated by drug cartels using the police as their puppets. Amos and his opponent Wadu, a drug dealer are constantly disputing.
Esther, wife to Amos finds out the truth about her husband’s infidelity while Kenzo reveals some truths she hardly knows about her husband. Kenzo is a young man on a revenge mission for his father’s death.
On the other hand, Sammy a right-hand man to Amos is in the dilemma of choosing loyalty to his duties or taking care of his 12-year old son Kago.
Clint, a documentary filmmaker goes too far interrogating Amos about a farmer’s farm that was burned down not knowing the dangers he’s putting himself and others into.
The movie is rich. A showcase that Kenya is becoming of age in matters film. The Meru setting is beautiful scenery, the actors are authentic and the actions captivating. Definitely, Simon Mwikali has stood out as a creative worth noticing.
Movie name: VEVE
MOVIE WRITER: Simon Mukali
Length: 94 min
With: Emo Rugene, Lizz Njagah, Conrad Makeni, Lowry Odhiambo, Adam Peevers, Victor Munyua