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.
Nov 9, 2010

TOGETHERNESS SUPREME Road Show Part Two

TOGETHERNESS SUPREME screening at  Mongongaa
TOGETHERNESS SUPREME screening at Mongongaa

KISII TO NAROK ROADSHOW
by Kibera Film School Trainees
Beatrice Aringa and Kevin Machimbo

Road Show Part Two

                                MARARIANDA
 8th September. Rain, rain, rain. This was the day we moved from Sekenani to our new camp in Mararianda. The journey was long and tiring. It was  six hours before getting there and  everyone was exhausted. The reception we got on our arrival was unexpected and very cordial. The chief of the region himself welcomed us.

This is the day we had had just  enough of the rain and its hindering factor that had made us not screen on  two occasions. We decided today we would  screen even if it rained cats and dogs. After we screened, we were all wet and we were given a warm room with fire that would keep us warm. The chief threw us a party and slaughtered a goat for us. We were humbled by this generous gesture.
      
                                     AITONG
9th September.  Of all the screenings, Aitong was unique. We mostly screened at night but on this particular day we screened twice. During the day and in the night. At daytime, our target audience was mainly women and children who are often conspicuously missing at the evening screenings.  Most women and children availed themselves during the day because coincidentally this was a market day too. The turnout was amazing!

Since we had showed the rain that we would still screen even though it rained, it left us alone. And as the sun hung loosely in the sky, we started getting ready for the second screening. This was one of the most successful screenings since the road show began. We met many people who were really interested in what we do and took pride in watching some of the local production.

Aitong was different from the other parts of the expansive Masai Mara. Most of the locals were really interested in socializing with new people. Here we made lots of new friends who really got interested in Hot Sun Foundation. This was the final stretch in the Mara and I would say apart from a few ups and downs the entire show rocked the world of many and transformed some lives if not all.           

   NAROK

 From Mararianda to Narok was like an endless journey. Most of the journey we were fast asleep. We arrived in Narok at 3.00pm in the afternoon. We are ready for our last screenings in our Rift Valley tour. Most of us were eager to get back home  to Nairobi and so we wanted the screening to be the best.

Talk about saving the best for the last and we just did that. We painted Narok town with togetherness.  People were interested and amazed to see us!
No sooner had we begun setting up our equipment that the crowd kept surging forward. Narok recorded the highest turnout. The screenings were a success and the residents of Narok were grateful they had the chance to watch this local production. The Togetherness Is  video interviews of local people, played at the end of each screening of TOGETHERNESS SUPREME  as a way to say thank you is what amazed most residents.
   
Success
•    Impressive turnout in most  screening locations.
•    Most residents were really greatful and wanted a re run of Togetherness Supreme.
•    The message of peace was spread across ethnic groups and the need to keep peace was grasped.
•    We got the chance to interact with people from different backgrounds and market or sell Hot Sun  Foundation on a national platform.
•    Generally everyone loved the movie and they  marvelled that such talent could be found locally in Kibera.

Challenges
       
•    Weather  that hindered us from screenings in some areas.
•    Bad roads that made the journey very uncomfortable and led to some of the equipment getting  damaged.
•    Lack of clean drinking water in the rural centers.
•    Communication barrier with the locals, who could not speak or understand Kiswahili.  This led to a broken communication linkage and thus most of them couldn’t answer the audience feedback forms or do the Togetherness Is short videos.

Conclusions
 I would sum up by saying the entire road show was a success apart from  little technical hitches and unavoidable weather conditions. Great thanks to the organizers Hot Sun Films. Our deepest gratitude go to Jamey Ponte of Child Wellness Fund for his excellent coordinating skills with the locals and guiding us throughout this entire journey.

TOGETHERNESS SUPREME screening at Nikolale
TOGETHERNESS SUPREME screening at Nikolale

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Oct 11, 2010

TOGETHERNESS SUPREME Kenya Road Show PART ONE

Kibera Hamlets Acrobats with Togetherness Supreme
Kibera Hamlets Acrobats with Togetherness Supreme

PART ONE: REPORT OF TOGETHERNESS SUPREME  KISII TO NAROK ROADSHOW Rural Road Show
by Kibera Film School Trainees  Beatrice Aringa and Kevin Machimbo

 Hot Sun Foundation, Kids in Kenya, and the Child Wellness Fund co-sponsored the TOGETHERNESS SUPREME film road show in Kenya. For the first time in Kenya, TOGETHERNESS SUPREME, an award-winning community-produced full-length feature film, was shown in free open-air screenings in high definition projection.

The TOGETHERNESS SUPREME Road Show kicked off on the 3rd of September from Hot Sun Films office in Nairobi to Kisii. The Kibera Film School trainees were joined by 12 young acrobats from Kibera Hamlets.  Many of us had never traveled outside Nairobi.  We were all excited and a bit nervous.  In Kisii we had a good turnout but we were rained out.  We were all disappointed but had to move to the next location. 
SEKENANI
We began the journey to Rift Valley on  5th September. The journey to Sekenani Masai Mara was long and tiring but th did not kill our spirit as we arrived late and proceeded to screen Togetherness Supreme. A show from Kibera Hamlets acrobats helped us mobilize our crowds. The turnout was impressive! Sekenani was to be our home for the next three days as we criss crossed the vast Masai Mara. Here we got the chance to interact with the Masai culture and meet indigenous Masai warriors. They made our fear of wild animals fade into thin air and we got a safe night’s sleep.

OLELEMUTIA
 6th September our convoy heads to Olelemutia, north of the Masai Mara and the day began gracefully and on a high note. We arrived in Olelemutia on time and set up, ready for screening but the rain out maneuvered us. I would say that the rain was the biggest and major challenge in Olelemutia. The residents appreciated our presence there and we felt welcomed.

NKOILALE
Nkoilale was great. 7th September, the journey there was not too bumpy as compared to the rest of the way. This was the southern side of the Mara and the residents here were a bit shy. But after a few stunts from the Kibera Hamlets acrobats we managed to pull people to gather around. This was one of the worst spots during the post election violence in 2007-2008. We were glad to have showed them TOGETHERNESS SUPREME and the depth of its message: Peace. After successfully fulfilling our mission, we head back to our camp to retire. Today we are all smiles.

THANKS to everyone who made our road trip possible!  Now we are back in Nairobi, continuing our community workshops with children and KIBERA TV.  SUPPORT US  NOW with the Give More, Get More Matching Campaign of Global Giving Oct. 12- 21 2010.  Again our thanks for your inspiring support!

Kibera Film School with Masai friends
Kibera Film School with Masai friends

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Aug 12, 2010

Great Response to TOGETHERNESS SUPREME

TOGETHERNESS SUPREME poster
TOGETHERNESS SUPREME poster

Over 25,000 people living in the slums in Nairobi have attended our outdoor screenings. Viewers have urged us to take TOGETHERNESS SUPREME everywhere to encourage Kenyans to reflect on the post election violence of 2007-2008 and make sure it never happens again.

Congratulations to all Kenyans on the peaceful and positive referendum vote on 4 August 2010 for a constitution! Now let's build on that momentum for a peaceful election in 2012! We need your help TODAY and every day. Make a donation so that youth from Kibera can visit other towns and villages in Kenya to build PAMOJA... TOGETHERNESS!

Check out the recent media coverage of our work on PRI/BBC the World, African Digital Arts and Audience Scapes (See the links below).

DO NOT miss the wonderful article Revolutaional Film Making: Hot Sun Films on African Digital Art about Hot Sun Films/Foundation and TOGETHERNESS SUPREME. These words truly capture the spirit and commitment of the work we are doing.

Many thanks to our supporters in Kenya and around the world who are making it possible for everyone to see the Kibera feature film TOGETHERNESS SUPREME!

Be inspired! Don't hesitate. Make a donation of ANY amount!

Thanks for all you do! Your support is a great encouragement to all of us.

Children watching TOGETHERNESS SUPREME
Children watching TOGETHERNESS SUPREME
Crowd watching TOGETHERNESS SUPREME
Crowd watching TOGETHERNESS SUPREME

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