To wrap up its originals slate for the year, Showmax has released the trailer for "A Familiar Christmas", Kenya’s first-ever Christmas feature, to premiere on 15 December 2022.
A Familiar Christmas follows the Moran family as they reunite to spend a Christmas holiday together for the first time in three years. Their plans for a loving holiday are disrupted when secrets and a meddling mother wreak havoc in the household.
Written by Natasha Likimani ("Sincerely Daisy", "Disconnect"), "A Familiar Christmas" is directed and produced by award-winning filmmaker Reuben Odanga ("Selina"), making this his second feature film after the history-making "Nafsi", which became the first Kenyan film to achieve an 8-week consecutive theatrical run.
“I love Christmas because it’s usually a time to step back and let go of the pressure of the year. In Kenya, Christmas means going home for the majority of us, where we get to interact with our extended family,” says Odanga.
“To be the first to direct Kenya’s first Christmas feature film means documenting our present culture to offer something that is relatable to the Kenyan audience. It’s daring and exciting at the same time,” Odanga adds. “I have always felt that our content sometimes doesn’t take significant calendar events like Christmas into account. "A Familiar Christmas" captures the mood of the season from our perspective; it’s a step to bring our content and culture home.”