The American film critic J. Hoberman has said that Vittorio De Sica’s “Bicycle Thieves” is “the most universally praised movie produced anywhere on planet Earth.” The 1948 Italian neorealist film won an Oscar seven years before the Academy even had a category for foreign language films. It has also been called the apogee of the neorealist struggle for authenticity and political engagement in cinema. It takes a certain amount of ambition to adapt and respond to such a film. Enter David Tosh Gitonga, who co-wrote and directed the wildly successful Nairobi Half Life.
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