The Kitchen Toto (1987)

The Kitchen Toto


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In the vernacular of Kenyan whites of the 1950s, a "kitchen toto" was a native black servant. One such "toto" is 12-year-old Mwangi (Edwin Mahinda). The son of a black clergyman who has been slain by Mau Mau for his moderate beliefs, Mwangi is taken into the household of British police-chief Bob Peck. Torn between two cultures, Mwangi finds himself in a position to rescue his white protectors from insurgent Mau Maus, who are pressing for Kenyan independence-just as the boy's father had. The "no … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Harry Hook
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as John Graham

as Janet Graham

as D.C. McKinnon

as Mary McKinnon

as Kamau

as Sergeant Stephen

as Mzee Moses Kariuki

as Mwangi's Mother

as Kamau's Henchman

as Gikuya the Cook

as Warimu the Nanny

as Murikuri the Gardene...

as Edward Graham

as Dick Luis

as Oath Administrator

as Samburu Askari
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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