Kenya’s Compelling Documentary “Free Money” to Premiere on Netflix in September

The first of a three-part series of the Kenyan Documentary Free Money  is set to premiere on the international streaming platform Netflix on September 1st.

The remarkable documentary “Free Money,” directed by Lauren DeFilippo (Red Heaven) and Sam Soko (Softie) takes viewers on an extraordinary journey to Kogutu village in Western Kenya.

Having already garnered immense praise during its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in 2022 and subsequent screenings at the Sydney Film Festival in June, “Free Money” offers a profound exploration of the largest and longest-running universal basic income experiment in Kenya, conducted by the NGO GiveDirectly.

Through the perspectives of the village’s inhabitants, the documentary skillfully delves into the complexities, challenges, and effects of white-savior syndrome.

Distinguished journalist Larry Madowo serves as a skeptical observer throughout the film, raising thought-provoking questions about the potential long-term consequences of such a groundbreaking initiative. While directors DeFilippo and Soko refer to the NGO’s endeavor as an experiment, Michael Faye, the founder of GiveDirectly, who appears in the film, offers a different perspective.

In addition to its Netflix premiere, “Free Money” will simultaneously debut at the Unseen Theatre in Nairobi on September 1st.

This captivating documentary is a collaborative effort between LBx Africa and Insignia Films from New York, showcasing the talents of filmmakers from both continents.

Prepare for a powerful cinematic experience as “Free Money” sheds light on universal basic income and provokes critical conversations surrounding socio-economic interventions, all through the lens of the inspiring community in Kogutu village.

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