Tales of the Accidental City

  • Tales of the Accidental City
© Maimouna Jallow
Genre : Drama
Type : Fiction
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Theater, Cinema/tv, Literature, Internet
Year of production : 2020
Format : Mid-length
Running time : 55 (in minutes)

Tales of the Accidental City is the story of four Nairobi residents who find themselves stuck together in an anger management class after being accused by the courts of various misdemeanors. Diana, Jacinda, Louis Njoroge, and Sarah Obama must explain what got them there, and with the help of their quirky counsellor, find a way to heal their wounds. The play is a portrait of Nairobi, but also tells the story of many African cities challenged by population growth, economic inequality and social injustice. 

The film is experimental in style, with all the action taking place in a Zoom therapy session. It was originally written for the stage but adapted for the screen when the Covid pandemic forced theatres to close down. 

Film Info:
Length:             54:32
Shooting Format: Digital
Aspect Ratio: 16.9
Language: English
Subtitles: French, Spanish, Portuguese
First time filmmaker.

Summary for official catalogues

In this humorous and biting film, Tales of the Accidental City, an eclectic group of people living in Nairobi gathers over Zoom for a court-ordered anger management class. As they swap stories and trade barbs, deeper issues about class and inequality in big African cities, come to light.


  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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