Only Three Cents # 88

Only Three Cents

11:15, Saturday 15th June, CMB 3

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  • Director/Anthropologist: Alex Parkyn-Smith
  • Year of Release: 2012
  • Duration: 20 mins
  • Country of Production: England
  • Location: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Language: English, Sheng, Swahili (English)


‘Only Three Cents’ gives us an insight into youth employment and job opportunity in a modern African metropolis through a series of ethnographic vignettes connected through their association with the private “matatu” bus enterprise. We hear from one of the few women who work on this bus network about the realities of life and the challenges she faces. From mechanics to drivers and the owners themselves we see how the connections of these bus routes are social as well as geographical.The film is itself an opportunity for the main protagonist as he searches for work.

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