18 Hours is about a rookie paramedic surviving 18 hours in an ambulance for the life of a road crash victim who won’t be admitted to any hospital.
Loosely based on the real-life paramedic Brian Odhiambo, the story gives a positive perspective on the healthcare system that of a medic who will do whatever it takes to save the life of a patient.
The movie is directed by Njue Kevin, a screenwriter & director whose last short film Intellectual Scum, opened at the Silicon Valley African film festival 2015, as well as the Film Africa Festival in London, UK.
Njue, winner of the Young African Filmmakers Award (YAFMA) at the Afrika Film Festival, Belgium, 2015, and the Jury Award at the 2015 Slum Film Festival, is also a 2015 alumni of the Maisha film lab, a non-profit training film initiative for emerging East Africa filmmakers founded by Oscar-nominated director Mira Nair.
18 HOURS is his feature film directorial debut.
"The story is itching for the big screen; it's timeless and approachable. The themes and issues — commitment, endurance and resilience — stand out boldly and with briskness. "
Phoebe Ruguru who has twice been nominated as Young Achiever of the Year by African Women in Europe takes on the producer's role.
Her directorial debut with Saidia (2014), won Best Young Filmmaker at the Modern Day Slavery Competition in London. She has produced Intellectual Scum, 2015, executively produced Plastic Maasai, 2016. Ruguru, based in Nairobi and London, is an undergraduate student studying International Relations and Social Anthropology at SOAS, University of London.
Co-founder of Rocque Pictures, Bill Afwani’s passion consumes each and every shoot he is a part of. His directorial debut was the award-winning short film Sticking Ribbons for which he won Best East African Talent at the 2014 Zanzibar International film festival. He also produced Intellectual Scum which went on to screen at over 20 international film festivals across the globe.