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.
Jul 22, 2015

"Rude Boy" to Filmmaker

Ondivow, creative young filmmaker
Ondivow, creative young filmmaker

Profile: Creative Young Filmmaker: “Ondivow”

Where are you from? Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya

How old are you? 24

What is your background in filmmaking? I attained a certificate in filmmaking at Kibera Film School

What did you do before the training at Hot Sun Foundation? What was your life like? I was a rude boy                       in the slum of Kibera and could not see someone pass with valuables without trying to rob them.

When did you first think of becoming a filmmaker?                                                                                                                           Once I stole a digital camera and was previewing stuff from it. Then I realised that the videos are interesting so I decided not to  sell the camera to the brokers but instead keep the camera to record lives in Kibera. Unfortunately someone stole the camera from where I used to keep it.

How has your life changed since your training at Hot Sun Foundation?                                                                               I can say it changed a lot because now ‘Mavado’ my rude boy name changed to ‘Ondivow’ and the society gained their trust in me again. Now they even want me to train their kids in the photography skills I learnt in the film school

What experiences have you had with Hot Sun Foundation?                                                                                            Hot Sun has built lots of filmmakers from the Kibera slum and also has opened doors to filmmakers around Kenya.

Why is Hot Sun Foundation important for upcoming filmmakers? Because it open doors for them to learn better filmmaking skills compared to the other foundations who are just after your money but don’t build you as a filmmaker.

Why should people support Hot Sun Foundation?                                                                                                      Because it is supporting people who are unable to afford filmmaking training, both basic and advanced.

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Give other slum youth in Nairobi the opportunity to learn filmmaking. 

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Ondivow, green cap, Film Crew meeting
Ondivow, green cap, Film Crew meeting

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May 13, 2015

Changed My Life

Michael in a workshop at Hot Sun Foundation
Michael in a workshop at Hot Sun Foundation

Michael, age 25 

When did you first think of becoming a filmmaker?

A production crew come to my village to shoot some TV commercials. I liked the way they did their work. I started watching films and I love story telling.

How has your life changed since your training at Hot Sun Foundation?

It has made me change my way of life. I have a job and I am supporting myself. I have had the opportunity to travel to different places. I enjoy my work.

What are your plans for the future?

I would like to advance my editing skills and become the best in my field of work.

What training have you had with Hot Sun Foundation?

I have had all hands-on training from script writing, camera and editing. Basically the training covered all aspects of filmmaking.

Why is Hot Sun Foundation important for upcoming filmmakers?

It is important because it helps the youth to sharpen their skills in filmmaking and provides affordable training. 

What has Hot Sun Foundation contributed to the development of young filmmakers?

Hands-on training has helped a lot of young people to develop filmmaking skills faster.

What is the biggest challenge that young filmmakers face in Kenya?

Lack of money and support from the government is the biggest challenge we have.

What can filmmakers themselves do about the challenges they face?

Work hard and trust each other in the industry.

Why should people support Hot Sun Foundation?

Because Hot Sun Foundation is the home of filmmaking in Kenya. It supports young filmmakers in sharpening their skills.

Hot Sun Foundation training is affordable and is right on point of making good filmmakers.

We need your support!

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Your donation will be matched!

Young filmmakers in Kenya like myself are counting on you!

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Mar 18, 2015

Witness to Social Transformation

Ignatius pointing to Kibera, where he lives
Ignatius pointing to Kibera, where he lives

Ignatius, 21 years old, aka The Kibera Kid

                Editor's note: Ignatius was chosen to be The Kibera Kid in the award winning short film, released in 2007. Ignatius lives in Kibera, one of the largest slums in East Africa, located in Nairobi, Kenya

I am now living in the world of believing all things are possibilities just because Hot Sun took me in my nothingness and put me in their film (The Kibera Kid)… an act that transformed my life wholly.

Today I can confidently say that the dreams I have today and the steps I have made Hot Sun has had a hand in them. I am grateful to the entire Hot Sun Foundation. I am what I am because of them.

People around the world should unite and help support Hot Sun Foundation in its aspirations to ensure social transformation through media and art. Many people today wouldn’t have become what they are it not for the impact Hot Sun has had in their lives.

I have witnessed people who used to just loiter in the slums of Kibera being transformed to great camera men and women and editors of TV stations in Kenya.

For me this is why primarily Hot Sun Foundation ought to be supported: to help give a future to those people who maybe have lost hope about the future and yet they have great talents that haven’t been tapped.

A better Kenya will and can be achieved with the existence of organisations such as Hot Sun Foundation.

I am witness to the great job they have done to many people in my locality.

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Donate early in the day as funds are limited.

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