The Kitchen Toto

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Released 1987

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The Kitchen Toto

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Director:
Harry Hook
Released:
1987
Rating:
PG-13
The Kitchen Toto is a dramatic story about racism and British colonialism as seen through the eyes of a boy in 1950s Kenya. A "kitchen toto" was a term used by white citizens of that era to refer to native black servants. The titular character is twelve-year-old Mwangi (Edwin Mahinda) who lives with the British police chief John Graham (Bob Peck). Mwangi's father was a priest who was killed by Mau Mau troops because of his moderate beliefs. Mwangi is faced with difficult decisions as he deals with the cultural values he was raised in while, at the same time, living in a foreign culture. Will he stay true to the system he was raised in, or will he save his white protectors from guerilla soldiers, Hell-bent on Kenyan independence just as his father was? This 1987 film was written and directed by native Kenyan Harry Hook and was filmed in Kenya.
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