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 easy answers" climax is one that can't be revealed here. Kitchen Toto was the first directorial effort of Harry Hook, a Kenyan native and British National Film and Television School grad who was just about Mwangi's age when the events depicted in this film occurred.

Cast

Bob Peck
as John Graham
Phyllis Logan
as Janet Graham
Robert Urquhart
as D.C. McKinnon
Kirsten Hughes
as Mary McKinnon
Job Seda
as Kamau
Leo Wringer
as Sergeant Stephen
Nathan Dambuza Mdledle
as Mzee Moses Kariuki
Ann Wanjugu
as Mwangi's Mother
Konga Mbandu
as Kamau's Henchman
Abdullah Sunado
as Gikuya the Cook
Lidya Kigada
as Warimu the Nanny
Emmanuel Mnguto
as Murikuri the Gardener
Ronald Pirie
as Edward Graham
Edward Judd
as Dick Luis
Paul Onsongo
as Oath Administrator
Lawi Leboire
as Samburu Askari
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