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 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.

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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


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.

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


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


Nov 19, 2012

Real Talent: Shirley's story

Shirley, Kibera Film School Trainee
Shirley, Kibera Film School Trainee

My name is Shirley Akinyi. I am a trainee at Kibera Film School. 

I love writing, especially script writing. I heard about Kibera Film School through a friend.  My mom supports me because it's what I want to do. 

So far, what I'm learning about scriptwriting is that it is a bit tough.  In scriptwriting, I'm trying to picture what I want to put down on paper

People here at Hot Sun Foundation are outgoing,  friendly.  We all communicate and share experiences.

There's real talent here. People are hard working. We know we will have five months of hard work to learn the basics of filmmaking.

What is my message to our supporters on Global Giving? 

I want to tell them we have the potential and the determination. Just believe in us and from our films, they will see the results.

This holiday season, give a gift that makes a difference for so many talented young people, living in urban slums in East Africa.

You can give a gift in honor of someone you care about. 

A recurring donation is even better, because it gives Hot Sun Foundation a steady income. 

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Your support is appreciated by our communities and the hundreds of youth benefitting from Hot Sun Foundation!

Enjoy the holiday season!

Shirley, Kibera Film School trainee
Shirley, Kibera Film School trainee


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