Location/Culture Reports

Culture Report Kenya and Dubai


Since the racers made a return stop in Kenya, we'll look at that country. Movies and TV series that have been filmed there include The Flame Trees of Thika, The Air Up There, Beyond Borders, Born Free, The Color Purple, Congo, Cry Freedom, Gorillas in the Midst, Independence Day, Love Actually, Mogambo, Out of Africa, and White Mischief.

Books about Kenya include Tilda's Angel by Dick Hedges; The Ukimwi Road by Dervla Murphy; A Small Town in Africa, Daisy Waugh; A Tourist in Africa, Evelyn Waugh; Out of Africa, Isak Dineson (Karen Blixen); The Flame Trees of Thika, Elspeth Huxley; and West with the Night by Beryl Markham. Books written by Kenyans include The Slums, Thomas Akare; My Life in Crime by John Kiriamiti; and Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye's Victoria and Murder in Majengo.


Books written about Dubai include Off Road in the Emirates, by Dariush Zandi; Don't They Know It's Friday by Jeremy Williams; Graeme Wilson's Father of Dubai: Shaikh Rashid Bin Saeed al-Maktoum; Jonathan Raban's Arabia Through the Looking Glass; Dubai Life & Times: Through the Lens of Noor Ali Rashid; and Dubai - A Pictorial Tour, which is a collection of pictures by various photographers.

Michael Palin's series, Around the World in 80 Days, filmed in Dubai. Other movies or TV series filmed in Dubai include Code 46, the Italian TV series The Mr. Zed Show, and the Indian movies Lahu Ke Do Rang, Dil Vil Pyar Vyar, and Boom.