The story of an African boy in a mud hut who brings the world financial markets to their knees.
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 international financial kingpins, local police and the elders of his own village. 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 and corrupt police. Convinced the only hope is to give his algorithm away online to Africans, 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 global financial system and how far is the international world order willing to go to silence his story?
Kipkemboi director, Cory Bowles is a multidisciplinary artist from Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is most known for “Cory” in the TV series TRAILER PARK BOYS. He currently serves as a director, receiving a nomination for the 2016 DGC award for Outstanding Direction in a comedy series. As principal choreographer and director of the companies Verve Mwendo Dance, and Black Rabbit Entertainment, he has created over 70 works/choreographies for stage and film. He has scored for film, appeared and recorded over a dozen releases, earning him a nomination in the inaugural Hip Hop/Urban category in the East Coast Music Awards. He has also composed for dance companies, SINS, MOCEAN, and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks in Calgary - where he returned in 2017 for an ambitious collaboration and adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. He was Director of Choreography for the CBC KIDS show, THE MOBILES, director of the award-winning CBC mini-series STUDIO BLACK!, DIGGSTOWN (2019), and is a writer for the CBC comedy, LITTLE DOG (2018). His first feature film BLACK COP (2017) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, was a special presentation by The Historic Black Police Precinct in Miami, Florida, and went on to earn Best Canadian Feature at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival, Best Narrative Feature at the St. Louis International Film Festival and a Canadian Screen Award (John Dunning Discovery Prize), The Screen Nova Scotia Award for Best Feature.
Kipkemboi is written by Joel Richardson and produced by Jennifer Jonas and Leonard Farlinger
References include Slumdog Millionaire, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Whale Rider and Queen of Katwe.
Developed with the assistance of Telefilm Canada, Ontario Creates and The Harold Greenberg Fund