The Kitchen Toto (1987)





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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.
Art House & International , Drama
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Bob Peck
as John Graham
Edward Judd
as Dick Luis
Robert Urquhart
as D.C. McKinnon
Phyllis Logan
as Janet Graham
Kirsten Hughes
as Mary McKinnon
Edwin Mahinda
as Mwangi
Ronald Pirie
as Edward Graham
Paul Onsongo
as Oath Administrator
Konga Mbandu
as Kamau's Henchman
Job Seda
as Kamau
Leo Wringer
as Sergeant Stephen
Abdullah Sunado
as Gikuya the Cook
Nathan Dambuza Mdledle
as Mzee Moses Kariuki
Ann Wanjugu
as Mwangi's Mother
Lidya Kigada
as Warimu the Nanny
Emmanuel Mnguto
as Murikuri the Gardener
Lawi Leboire
as Samburu Askari
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October 1, 2004
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

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