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Night shift

12 minutes

Two security guards ponder existential questions deep into the Nairobi night

As dusk rolls in over Nairobi’s purple sky, two men approach a villa in one of the city’s poshest neighborhoods. One is Abraham, a young Kenyan, coming from one direction, and the other is Hesbon, an older and more experienced man, coming from the other. A long night of keeping watch lies ahead of them. After darkness falls and the sounds of crickets fill the garden, the two men begin talking and life’s bigger questions start to surface.

Director: Carl Olsson, Lea Hjort Mathiesen

Producer: Carl Olsson, Lea Hjort Mathiesen

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