MyMovies.Africa™ Celebrates its 2nd Birthday by Launching #TheGreatNightIn, in Aid of the Sleeping Warrior Education Fund

To celebrate their 2nd Birthday, Kenya-based Digital Cinema Extension – MyMovies.Africa™, is Launching a Monthly online Watch Party for Animations, Documentaries, Features and Shorts, called #TheGreatNightIn.

In June, our Software Developers created an additional Online Screening module for MyMovies.Africa™, which has been for Rentals and Purchases”, says Mike Strano – Co-Founder & Business + Regulatory Director. “This was in time for Rwandans around the World to watch THE 600 together as a Community, on their Liberation Day of 4th July, known as Kwibohora. Hundreds of Viewers simply Registered for a Screening – like they would for a ZOOM Webinar, then Bought a Ticket – which included a FREE 7-Day Rental to Re-watch, and joined via ZOOM with their Community.

On the back of this Success, MyMovies.Africa™ would like to make more of our Titles available for #TheGreatNightIn, where Viewers can also exclusively Meet the Cast and Crew via ZOOM”, says Trushna Buddhdev-Patel – Co-Founder & Content Director.

The debut of #TheGreatNightIn will be the Highlight of MyMovies.Africa™‘s 2nd Birthday Celebrations, on Sunday 26th September (7.30pm – 9.30pm EAT), Internationally-acclaimed True Story of Africa’s first female Lacrosse Team, from the Rift Valley in Kenya, and their Journey across the Globe to the 2019 World Championships, entitled: SLEEPING WARRIOR (16+).

Before and after the Screening, viewers will be able to Interact with Sharon Opari – who the Documentary follows, as well as the Directors – Janet Wells and Timothy Mwaura, plus the Producer – Nina Ruiz.

The Guest of Honour shall be Timothy Owase – Chief Executive Officer of Kenya Film Commission.

SLEEPING WARRIOR has already secured numerous Laurels at the African Film Festival New Zealand (AFFNZ), AFIN International Film Festival, Around International Film Festival (ARFF) in Barcelona, Blackstar International Film Festival (BIFF) in Ghana, Cannes World Film Festival, Chicago Indie Film Awards, European Cinematography Awards (ECA), Global Peace Film Festival, Houston International Sports Film Festival, New York Independent Cinema Awards, Toronto Independent Film Festival of Cift and Toronto International Women Film Festival.

Proceeds of this Edition of #TheGreatNightIn shall go to the Sleeping Warrior Education Fund, which is empowering the Girls in the Film to University in Kenya.

For each Ticket, via, every Household shall Receive:

1). Access of one Device to the exclusive ZOOM-hosted Watch Party, including a Meet & Greet with the Creators.

2). FREE Rental of the same Title, for Re-watch within 7 Days, on MyMovies.Africa™.

3). FREE Lifetime Membership to MyMovies.Africa™, via automated Registration; with Access to another 60+ Animations, Documentaries, Features and Shorts from across Africa, as #RentFor7Days or #OwnForLife, in 195 Countries worldwide.

Payment is via Safaricom BONGA Points or M-PESA in Kenya; with Mastercard, PayPal and Visa worldwide.



An inspiring true story: SLEEPING WARRIOR – about Africa’s first female Lacrosse team, from the mountain of the same name, has made its international Premiere digitally on MyMovies.Africa™, to all 195 Countries & territories worldwide.

Set in Kenya’s Rift Valley, the 92-minute Documentary follows their journey across the globe to the 2019 World Championships. Transformed by the experience, these determined young women experience heartbreak and joy, but never give up on their dreams.

SLEEPING WARRIOR focuses on Sharon Opari – a beautiful and dignified 18-year-old girl who was given away at age 7 to work as a Maid, after her HIV-infected Mother was sent to Prison. Overcoming poverty, malaria and abuse, Sharon is Chosen to represent Kenya at the World Lacrosse Championships. Before Lacrosse, Sharon had Never left her Village and now we are privileged to Watch as she Travels across the World to be Transformed forever by her time in Canada.

She experiences Joy as the Team becomes the Darlings of the Tournament, and they are adopted by the local Town (Peterborough, Ontario) and become mini Celebrities. Then watch her Heartbreak as the Team is Knocked-out of the Tournament. We see Sharon blossom as she Deepens her Friendships with her Teammates; but then see her Despair as she Realises the Dream will come to an End, and she will Return to her Life as a “slave” back in Kenya.

Before and after Canada, we follow Sharon as she tries to Find her “real” Family. Sharon had always been told her biological Mother had Died in Prison, so we follow her Quest to find her mother’s Grave – only to Discover that her Mother might be Alive after all. Watch as Sharon uncovers old Secrets, and Encounters shady Characters, as she Perseveres in her Quest for the Truth.

And when the Family she has been a “Slave” for Threatens to “delete”’ her if she Moves out, we Discover that Sharon has had a real Family all along – her Lacrosse family. And with Them, she can finally be Free.



Labaan Shabaan

Labaan Shabaan is a journalist with special interest in social issues, education and lifestyle at Kenyatta University Television and Radio Services.