The cast and producers of the film 18 Hours at its premiere held at Prestige Plaze on November 11, 2017. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDRITUThe cast and producers of the film 18 Hours at its premiere held at Prestige Plaze on November 11, 2017. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDRITU
By KAREN MURIUKI, @mbuyamuriuki

Long-awaited Kenyan movie 18 Hours was launched Friday evening at an exclusive premiere held at the Prestige Plaza in Nairobi.

The film, inspired by a true event, follows a rookie paramedic who spends 18 hours in an ambulance to save the life of an accident casualty.

It is inspired by the story of Brian Odhiambo, a paramedic, and the late Alex Madaga, a victim of a road accident who spent 18 hours in an ambulance after being denied admission by various hospitals.

A number of media personalities graced the launch including Kenyan athlete David Rudisha, who earlier in the evening pulled a stunt by pretending to be injured while training.

Produced by Kenyan film company Roque Pictures Inc., the 70 minute motion-picture cast is led by Nick Ndeda, Susan Wanjiru and rising star Brian Ogola.

The production team comprises of Best Young African Filmmaker award-winner Njue Kevin, Women for Africa’s Young Achiever of the Year 2016 Phoebe Ruguru, and Best East African Talent – Bill Jones Afwani. Co-producing the film is Mali and MTV Shuga’s Brenda Wairimu.

18 Hours raises important issues on the status of emergency health care in the country, as well as highlight the importance of citizens registering for NHIF, laws and safeguards that enshrine universal emergency health care and inform the mass public on the power of first aid responses.

The film also pays tribute to the resilience, efforts and dedication of ambulance paramedics and care providers, as well as highlighting the critical structural challenges that disrupt their mission to sustain life.

Be sure to catch the film which is now screening. buy-tickets-button