Hot Sun Foundation

Vision of Hot Sun Foundation: Social transformation through art and media. Mission: Identify and develop youth talent in East African slums to tell their stories on film. Rapid urbanization in East Africa and lack of options leads to wasted talent and frustration among the youth. Training in filmmaking enhances their creative potential, creating role models and cultural leaders from within their communities.
Sep 9, 2014

Movie Madness Part 2: Denis comes to Nairobi

Denis preparing for filming
Denis preparing for filming

Movie Madness Part 2: Denis comes to Nairobi

When I told my mother I wanted to move to Nairobi from the small town of Muranga’a to become a filmmaker she was very upset. She was scared and worried that something would happen to me and that I was going to get lost in the big city just by myself.

I was the only son still at home, the youngest, too. But I really wanted to join the Hot Sun Foundation Film school, so she called her aunt to organize a place for me to stay. I live in Kaloleni now with my uncle. I’ve never met him before but we get along very well. My mum and I talk on the telephone almost every day. She got used to the idea that I live in Nairobi now and she is proud of what I’m doing.

I want to try to change the mentality of people in this country. I don’t like it. Everything is just about money. It’s sometimes a very selfish society.

I’d like to hit topics with my films that manage to open people’s eyes. That’s why I am mostly interested in scriptwriting and editing. Scriptwriting gives me control about the theme, the idea and the words that are used in the movie. And editing gives me the opportunity to put the idea I had in mind into vision.

Your support makes it possible for youth like Denis to learn filmmaking at the only hands-on filmmaking training centre for youth who have the talent but not the funds to learn filmmaking. 

 Over 75 youth have learned filmmaking at Hot Sun Foundation and are working in the Kenya media industry.

 Our major grant ends this year.  We need your support to keep our doors open. 

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THANKS for all you do!

Denis with filmmaker Wilfred a former graduate
Denis with filmmaker Wilfred a former graduate
Hot Sun Film trainees with Heinz Hermanns, Berlin
Hot Sun Film trainees with Heinz Hermanns, Berlin

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Aug 11, 2014

Movie Madness

Denis, trainee at Hot Sun Foundation
Denis, trainee at Hot Sun Foundation

Denis

I’ve always loved watching movies. I still do. You could even say that I was kind of obsessed with movies when I was a child. When I was about six or seven years old, my older brothers brought movies to our house. I would stop my homework then and I refused to continue because I wanted to watch the movies. At some point, my parents forbid my brothers to bring home any more movies. They thought the problem was solved. But it actually got worse. I started to go to movie shops to buy movies. But I didn’t have money, so I stole money from my parents. I won’t lie; I had a problem with stealing. But I only stole money to buy the movies. It was that bad with my addiction. It only stopped when my father decided to remove the TV. That meant no movies for anyone. At least I wasn’t stealing anymore. But it didn’t stop me from watching films.

In secondary school – I was fifteen – I decided to become a filmmaker. I realised that there were no action movies in Kenya, and the ones that are produced here are of very bad quality. But I loved action movies. So I thought I just had to do it myself.

There was a very difficult time in my life. I was born in Eastleigh, Nairobi, but when I was about ten my father died in a road accident. He had been the bread winner of our family and my mother didn’t know how to make a living in Nairobi without him. So my mother decided to move to Muranga’a with us. It’s a rural area where my father’s family lives.

My mother thought it was a good idea to move close to relatives. But instead of supporting us they tried to make my mother sell my father’s truck and get money. They thought she isn’t very smart and it would be easy to snatch money from her. But she refused. At this time my older brothers joined secondary school which made it even harder because my mother had to pay their school fees. She opened a little cereal shop and we managed to survive somehow.

Watch for the second part of Denis' story, when he comes to Nairobi to join Hot Sun Foundation to become a filmmaker. 

Your support makes it possible for youth like Denis to learn filmmaking at the only hands-on filmmaking training centre for youth who have the talent but not the funds to learn filmmaking. 

Over 70 youth have learned filmmaking at Hot Sun Foundation and are working in the Kenya media industry.

Our major grant ends this year.  We need your support to keep our doors open. 

Donate today at    http://www.goto.gg/3632

Thank you for all you do.

Denis, making films with trainees
Denis, making films with trainees

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Jul 16, 2014

Getting By and Going Up

Benta, Hot Sun Foundation Film School trainee
Benta, Hot Sun Foundation Film School trainee

I am Benta. I am 20 and I am from Mathare, a large slum in Nairobi. I live together with my mum and my older sister. I’ve been living in this place since I was born. When I was four, my father passed away.

We are lucky because we have good neighbours so it’s not dangerous for us women to live there. But it was hard for my mum to earn the money to support us, to give us food and to pay the school fees. She has a little charcoal business. She buys charcoal from someone else and then sells it in front of our house. It’s not much, but it is enough to get by. My sister helps her with the business and when I am home, I help her, too. But not now because I’m going to Hot Sun Film School every day. .

One day a few years ago, I was outside, doing the washing for my family. Suddenly, a group of youth passed our house. They were carrying cameras and other equipment. I saw one of my friends walking with them and I asked him what he was doing. He told me about community photography classes.

So the next Saturday I went to the photography classes. I found it so interesting that I joined. Since this day I’ve participated in many workshops. And now I am here, at Hot Sun Foundation, to gain an even deeper knowledge about photography and filmmaking.

I want to move away from Mathare. I’d also like to take my mother and my sister with me. Mathare isn’t so bad, but I don’t want to end up there. I want to improve my life, go a step further. I hope I can do this as soon as I earn my own money.

Now that I’ve been at Hot Sun Foundation for a while, I am more motivated than ever to go on with filmmaking and photography. I really enjoy the work. I think it can offer me the opportunity to fulfil my great dream – get into a plane and fly to visit other countries.

Hot Sun Foundation

Hot Sun Foundation offers opportunities to youth like me - to really learn filmmaking and make our own short films.  All of us who work hard and develop our talent will be able to make new lives for ourselves and our families. Almost all of the graduates get jobs in the Kenya media industry.

Bonus Day TODAY Wednesday 16 July 2014

That's why I am asking all of you, your families, your friends to donate on this very special day, Bonus Day,  today Wednesday 16 July.

Today and today only, your donation will be matched 50%!  But don't wait.  Donate now please.  Funds are limited. 

Your donation is very important just now, because the grant from the  major donor for Hot Sun Foundation is ending this year.

Please go to http://goto.gg/3632  now and make a donation.

Thank you for all you do! 

Benta shooting her film
Benta shooting her film

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