Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  26 minutes
Date:  2011
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 10-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Life 8 - Biker Boys of the Dirt Island

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In Nairobi's Korogocho slum, a group of former thieves trying to go straight now provide an informal motorcycle taxi service.

Life 8 - Biker Boys of the Dirt Island

Boniface is trying to convince his friend Kama to go straight and think about the future. But in a slum like Nairobi's Korogocho, where crime and violence are rife, is his mission possible? Boniface is one of the founders of the motorcycle boys, a team of young men who used to steal from their neighbors, but now provide an informal motorcycle taxi service around Korogocho. Kama is one of their latest recruits. They argue about money and crime, and a central question of slum rehabilitation: Is it better to start upgrading the place, or the people?

'There is a continuous challenge of trying to strike a balance in the film[s]...[The films] can be used successfully in stimulating a discussion amongst the youth about the negative aspects of such a life as well as an exploration of alternatives.' Teboho Moja, Clinical Professor of Higher Education, New York University


Main credits

Kamau, Toni (Director)
Kinyanjui, Christine (Director)
Bradshaw, Steve (Narrator)

Other credits

Music, Audio Network; translators, James Migwi, Mwende Mutungi; camera, Samuel Mbuthia, Maina; editors, Trupti Shah Garodia, Sotira Kyriacou.

Distributor credits

Onscreen Productions

Onscreen Productions
Toni Kamau
Camera: Samuel Mbuthia Maina
Editor: Trupti Shah Garodia and Sotira Kyriacou
Production Managers: Christine Kinyanjui and Davina Rodrigues
Series Editor: Steve Bradshaw
A production of Television Trust for the Environment

Docuseek2 subjects

Youth Issues
Labor Studies
Urban Studies
African Studies

Distributor subjects

African Studies
At-risk Youth
Developing World
Global Issues
Labor and Work Issues
Millennium Development Goals
Urban Studies


Nairobi, Korogocho, slum, motorcycle taxi service, crime, violence, slum rehabilitation; "Biker Boys of the Dirt Island"; Bullfrog Films; "Life 8"

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