The story of an African boy in a mud hut who brings the world financial markets to their knees.
Feature Film | Drama, Romance
Arrested on suspicion of terrorism Kipkemboi, a poor boy from a small African village, is forced by the local police to tell his incredible story. A math genius from childhood, he must pass up a MIT scholarship when his father dies and stay at home to provide for his family. As he struggles with his dreams slipping away, his girlfriend, Chipchirchir, gives him a used book from the local market that changes his life, Quants: How Mathematicians took over Wall Street. Inspired, he develops an algorithm of his own to play the stock market. Trading from a cobbled-together computer powered by a car battery and broadcasting from a mud hut, the algorithm turns out to be an astronomical success generating millions of dollars and attracting the attention of both local gangsters and New York financial kingpins. When they all collide at Kipkemboi’s mud hut, the resulting clash leaves his mother dead and forces Kipkemboi and Chipchirchir to run for their lives. Surviving by their wits, they are chased across the countryside facing hair-raising encounters with thugs, mercenaries, criminals and soldiers. Convinced the only hope for survival is to give his algorithm away online, Kipkemboi meets up with Kenya’s most wanted computer hacker in Nairobi’s biggest slum, Kibera.
With his life in jeopardy and jail almost a certainty, one question remains, how could a simple farm boy bring down the international financial system and how far are the police and government willing to go to suppress his story?
© New Real Films writer Joel Richardson
720A College Street Toronto Canada producer Jennifer Jonas
416 533 2530 | director TBA