I know that it's easy to think that since I live in Africa, I live in the middle of the jungle or something. It's harder to imagine that I have many of the comforts of the Developed world right alongside many of the inconveniences of the Developing world. In any one day, I might wander through a tin shack shanty town looking for a tailor to make a mosquito net, eat pizza for lunch at an Indian restuarant, argue with a breast feeding market woman over the price of mangoes, dodge cows and goats on my way home to kill my own chicken before surfing the Internet for awhile until I settle in and watch a "dvd" on my computer.

Since I devote most of the rest of this website on the inconveniences, I suppose this part is just about the comforts of the Developed world as interpreted by Kenyans. Actually saying that it's the Kenyans that are doing the interpreting is already starting off on the wrong foot.

I only see the end product as Kenyan. I've talked to several people and this is the chain of events that I've established.

  1. Someone in the U.S. sneaks a video camera into the movie theater and tapes the film.
  2. That someone sends that tape (or a copy) to someone in the Far East, most likely China, Hong Kong, Taiwan or Korea.
  3. In the Far East they are copied repeatedly, dubbed into different languages, subtitled and copied and copied and copied and at some point reformatted into video CD's which are then mistakenly referred to as "DVD"s.
  4. From the Far East they are sent to the Middle East, usually Dubai. Dubai, if you don't know, is one of the biggest cities for commerece in the world. It is a city created right out of the desert for the celebration of trade, spectacle, luxary and ultra-expensive bad taste. It's like the Las Vegas of the Middle East.
  5. From Dubai the DVD's are traded all over the world, but most important to me, they are traded to Nairobi, Kenya.
  6. From Nairobi, it's a short hop to Kisumu and the "Just 4 U" Video Emporium.

Somewhere along the way these DVD's pick up their packaging.

And that's where I come in.

Let's take one of my very favorites for an example,

Anybody notice anything pecular about this cover?

I particularly like the quote on the left side. I think it compliments Cruela de Vil's evil smirk and her pump action shotguns quite well.

Here are some titles that I've acquired so far: (some of which are still under construction...)

102 Dalmatians
All the Preety Horses
Charlie's Angels
Charlies Angels
( Back Cover)
Chocolat
Crouching Tiger,
Hidden Dragon
Felicia's Journey
Felicia' s Journey
(Back Cover)
Finding Forrester
Full Metal Jacket 2
Hannibal
If These Walls
Could Talk 2
If These Walls
Could Talk 2
(Back Cover)
La Femme Nikita

La Femme Nikita
(Back Cover)

Mission: Impossible 3
Poison Ivy
Poison Ivy
(Back Cover)
Shadow of the Vampire
She's All That 2
The Break
Thirteen Days
Titanic 2
Titanic 2
( Back Cover)

Video 4 U has a shipment of another 200 titles coming this weekend....

coming soon:

The Mummy Returns 3 starring Tia Carrere