‘Happily married, a young couple in suburban Nairobi switch roles when the wife quickly ascends the corporate ladder while her husband struggles to build his business. As his frustrations pile, she finds herself at a crossroads between being breadwinner and playing honorable wife.’
Written and directed by John ‘JJ’ Jumbi, TRAP is a story not just about domestic violence but also about the choices we make that sometimes keep people in that vicious cycle. Everything has a beginning and this is a rare look into the untold stories of couples in suburban Nairobi, put together on the outside but broken behind closed doors. The film features two phenomenal actors Melissa Kiplagat and Justin Mirichii. The film was JJ’s first short under his company Chatterbox Film and Theatre, and premiered on their page on September 3rd, 2018. Barely a week into the premiere, it has garnered 10,000 views and also a feature on the KTN show, Weekend Express.
Melissa Kiplagat, 27, is an internationally trained professional actress working in Kenya. While she discovered her love for acting at a young age, Melissa decided instead to pursue an undergraduate degree in Economics from the Ivy-League, Brown University, but eventually found herself returning to her true love of acting in time to be trained by some of the best acting instructors in the US, including Lowry Marshal and Kym Moore, amongst others.
After graduating in 2013, she returned to Kenya to pursue a professional career as an actress and has never looked back. She has since performed in over 15 plays both in Kenya and the UK including Apples From The Desert, Penelopiad and Simba, 4 TV shows (starring in News Just In and most recently This is Life) and a number of short films including Blood Ties and Kaleidoscope (which earned her a Best Actress in Film nod in the 2017 Kalasha Awards).
In 2016, she returned to training in London and completed her Masters in Performance (Acting) from the prestigious Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Now back in Kenya, she hopes to continue expanding her resume and brand both within and beyond the Kenyan borders .
Justin Mirichii started acting in 2008. The versatile screen and stage actor has played both hero and villain with great flourish – a recipient of the 2016 “Best Actor Award” for the greatly contested 48 Hour Film Project (Nairobi), and the 2012 Kalasha for “Best Supporting Actor” in a TV Drama. He has featured in over five Africa Magic Original Films (AMOF), upwards of ten local series, numerous short films and a host of theatrical productions at the Phoenix Theatre and Alliance Francaise (Nairobi).
Justin has worked on global productions, most notably the Hamburg Media School’s Watu Wote –All Of Us, a 2016 short film that ended up getting nominated for the 90th Oscars (2018). He played James Ouma, a mechanic whose life hangs in the balance alongside Hollywood’s Barkhad Abdirahman (Adan) and Faysal Ahmed (lead terrorist).
He is the co-founder of Sanifu Productions, a content development and production company. He wrote and starred in “My Better Halves”, Sanifu Production’s premiere stage play in February 2018.