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.
Dec 17, 2012

My Wildest Dream

Noreen Kombe, Kibera film School trainee
Noreen Kombe, Kibera film School trainee

MY WORLD  by Noreen Kombo

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would make my own film. The My World short film project was full of ups and downs like any box-office production. The script was good, the casting was done and the budget was tight.

The night before my shoot I could not sleep. I commute using three public buses in Nairobi to get to Kibera Film School. I had no idea how to carry my props with me. Somehow I managed. 

On the day of the shoot, my actors did not show up! Our former Kibera Film School trainees helped me out with the acting roles, makeup and general set up. It was a hectic day but I was glad my story was now on video tape. It was a very scary experience, but I will of course shoot another film again. It was fun.

I am looking forward to becoming an intern at Hot Sun Films after my training in order to perfect my skills as a writer, film editor and producer. I also want to volunteer at Hot Sun Foundation to help other youth learn filmmaking. 

TAG LINE for my film My World

Kibera churns out another Media Mogul!

LOG LINE for my films

In her world, a fighting spirit is all Noreen has to become one of  East Africa’s greatest storytellers.

SYNOPSIS for my film 

Unsuccessful job hunting and empty promises take a toll on Noreen. Depression sets in. At the point of losing hope, she applies for a slot at the Kibera Film School. Her life takes a new turn as she gains filmmaking skills and gets mentored by the best in the industry. Noreen becomes one of the most sought after filmmakers in East Africa.

True life story

My World short film is based on my true life story.  I was quite discouraged, until someone told me about Kibera Film School.  Everything has changed since I became a trainee at Kibera Film School.  The quality, the caring, the sharing at Hot Sun Foundation is unbelievable.

Message to Global Giving Friends

In the holiday spirit of giving, I urge all of our friends and supporters to give whatever you can to Hot Sun Foundation at http://goto.gg/3632. Your donation goes straight to film training for youth, which leads to transformation for them, their families, their communities.  

A donation in the name of a friend or family member makes a special gift.  You can also purchase our short films at www.buykiberakid.com.  Look for My World by Noreen Kombe.  Not yet out, but it will be!

Have a wonderful holiday.

Thanks for all you do!

Noreen Kombe 

Noreen (at right) with Kibera Film School trainees
Noreen (at right) with Kibera Film School trainees

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Dec 10, 2012

How the MyWorld video Project changed my life

Michael Mwangi, Kibera Film School trainee
Michael Mwangi, Kibera Film School trainee

My name is Michael Mwangi.  I am 18 years old. 

My very first short film TRUE FRIENDS for the My World video project was a challenge since it required teamwork.

It has made me in a position to acknowledge others and learn how to work with others in a team.I have learned how to lower my ego when dealing with different people.

While shooting my short film TRUE FRIENDS I realized how important preparation and communication is for the crew and for the cast for better production.

In my life I will never ever judge a person just because of his/her appearances because I learnt that what matters is what they can offer.

Film production made me realize that no one can make it alone if not with the help of the people around him.  I could not have done the production of the short film alone without the help of my fellow trainees at Kibera Film School

I will always be grateful to HOT SUN FOUNDATION for giving me the opportunity to gain experience and express my story in such a unique way using film.

I never thought I  could know how even to hold a camera but I had that interest ever since I was a kid. Thanks again to Hot Sun Foundation, I and my other trainees did the best and we managed

Supporters at Global Giving:  please be sure that others can have the opportunity I have had at Kibera Film School.

Donate at http://goto.gg/3632

Or give a gift in the name of someone special.

You can purchase Hot Sun Foundation DVDs on www.buykiberakid.com

 YOURS

MICHAEL MWANGI

Michael setting up sound for filming
Michael setting up sound for filming
Michael setting up a shot for video
Michael setting up a shot for video

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Dec 3, 2012

Kibera Film School grad returns: Bonny's story

Bonface Mogaka, Kibera Film School grad
Bonface Mogaka, Kibera Film School grad

 My name is Bonface Mogaka. I am an alumni of Kibera Film School.

I graduated last year (2011) and got a job at Themescape Media Ltd, a production company in Nairobi, Kenya. I have been responsible for contents for Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, M-net Africa and other productions as well.

Since I joined the Kenyan film industry, it has been tough.  But it was a great opportunity for me to graduate from the Kibera Film School.  My life changed. I feel like Kibera Film School prepared me to cope with the Kenyan film industry and how I could fit into it.

 I am also glad that not only myself but some of my friends from Kibera Film School  have been adopted into the Kenyan film  industry and they are also doing great.

 Now that I finished my contract at Themescape Media,  I thought it would be a good idea to go back and share my experiences with the new trainees at Kibera Film School.

This is the vision of Hot Sun Foundation:  social transformation through media and art.  Kibera Film School grads return to share with others the skills they have gained, creating a positive cycle of transformation.  This is unique in Kenya. 

I have already been interviewed and given a chance as a Post-production Trainer at the School.

 I feel this is a great opportunity not only to give out my skills but also to inspire them to work hard.

During this holiday season, consider giving a gift to honor someone you care about at http://goto.gg/3632

Thanks for all you do to support people like me at Kibera Film School

Bonny.

Bonny at Kibera Film School graduation
Bonny at Kibera Film School graduation

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