Capturing the reality of the health-care scramble in Kenya, the film, 18 HOURS follows a rookie paramedic who survives 18 hours in an ambulance for the life of a road accident casualty who is denied admission into hospital.
Inspired by numerous true events, most especially Brian Ochieng's story, 18 HOURS, respectively, pays tribute to the resilience, efforts and dedication of ambulance paramedics and care providers, as well as highlighting the critical structural challenges that disrupt their mission to sustain life.
The film prides itself of a cast led by Nick Ndeda – from MTV Shuga series, Susan Wanjiru – a 2015 Berlinale Talents Alumina from the film Something Necessary, and rising star Brian Ogola – from TIFF 2016 winning film Kati Kati.
The film is produced by Rocque Pictures, comprised of Best Young African Filmmaker award-winner - Njue Kevin, Women for Africa’s Young Achiever of the Year, 2016 - Phoebe Ruguru, and Best East African Talent - Bill Jones Afwani. Co-producing the film is Mali and MTV Shuga's Brenda Wairimu.
Complimentary to the film, which premiers later this year, 18 HOURS comes alongside an Impact and Outreach Campaign designed to address and implement structural and practical improvement to the access of emergency care. In achieving this, the producers have partnered with Emergency Medicine Kenya Foundation to propel impact goals.
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