The Daily Nation

Director: Joop van Wijk
Country: Netherlands
Year: 1999
Running Time: 70 mins.
Language: English


Kenya is a developing country, where society is permeated by corruption at all levels. The story of the English-language newspaper The Daily Nation therefore primarily deals with the struggle to remain objective and independent. Every day, the dedicated staff of managers and journalists, as well as the mostly poor street vendors provide the Kenyan population with a continuous flow of information about their own environment, which in passing reminds them time and again of the importance of an independent press. ‘Everything revolves around what the people are interested in, even that lady with the dog… and what that white man was doing over there’, as a news vendor puts it. The film offers a kaleidoscopic view of reality in present-day Kenya.

About the Director

Joop van Wijk

joopvBiography: Joop van Wijk was born in 1950 in the Netherlands, studied medicine in Utrecht, became an MD in 1975, and worked as a doctor in Africa and the Netherlands. In 1978 he took up filmmaking with partner Hillie Molenaar in the independent production company Molenwiek Film, Amsterdam in 1978.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Crossroads (1998);
The Daily Nation (2000).

Alter Ego (1986);
Cannot Run Away (1988);
Crossroads (1997);
The Daily Nation (1999);
Echoes Of War (2005).