Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films

 
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Oct 18, 2011

A Heartfelt THANK YOU

Kibera Film School Trainees want to Thank You for your ongoing support.
Your are appreciated. You are changing lives. 

Reminder: October 19 is GlobalGiving Matching Day when your support goes farther.

Please check out the spontaneous, heartfelt thank you which Kibera Film School trainees did today for you.

Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTdXGWYtIRI

  OR   http://www.kiberatv.blogspot.com/

Asante Sana!

Thank you so much!

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Oct 17, 2011

Miracle on facebook: Reinhert's Story

Reinhert in front of Hot Sun Foundation sign board
Reinhert in front of Hot Sun Foundation sign board

My name is Reinhert Onduru. I am 18 years old. Facebook brought me to Hot Sun Foundation. I came to Kibera from my home on the Western side of Kenya, many hours away, near the border with Uganda. 

I had a friend on facebook - a German woman who does charity work in Nairobi.  I told her that after a year of not paying secondary school fees, I was shown the door.   Although I had to drop out of school and help my mom at her food stall,  I started a film club in my home town, Kisumu.   My dream has always been to make movies.

I've never met my facebook friend in person. When I asked for her help to study filmmaking,  she told me she had heard about a film school in Kibera.  I contacted  the Hot Sun Foundation coordinator on facebook.   When he called me and told me to come to Nairobi for an interview, I dropped the phone I was so excited.

My parents were unsure.  "But Kibera is just a big slum.  How can there be a film school there?"  I had to show them the Hot Sun Foundation website on my mobile phone.  Then they believed me.  They said I could go, but they had no money to support me. 

Now, I live in a small room at the Hot Sun Foundation office.  Before I came here, I knew nothing about making films.  In the film club back home, we wrote short plays and called them scripts.  Now I know how to write scripts and use a video camera.

When I have learned everything I possibly can about filmmaking at Hot Sun Foundation, I'll go back home to Kisumu. I want to build our film club into a real film training center so we can tell our stories.

My message to the friends of Hot Sun Foundation is to keep on supporting us.  Hot Sun Foundation does help us youths learn filmmaking.  We can reach people through our short films. Then they can see that we've done something.  When we finish our training, we can train others.  Help us help others.

Please remember to donate on Wed. Oct 19th MATCHING DAY at http://www.globalgiving.org/3632. 

I am very grateful for the opportunity that facebook and Hot Sun Foundation gave me to learn filmmaking. Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,
Reinhert

Reinhert at Hot Sun
Reinhert at Hot Sun

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Oct 17, 2011

Passionate Appeal - Alice's Story

Alice outside Hot Sun Foundation office
Alice outside Hot Sun Foundation office

My name is Alice Motieri.  I am 24 years old.  I live in Kibera.


My challenges began at 15, when I lost my mom.  She died after a sudden illness.  Fifteen months later my father died. I managed to finish secondary school with funds from my mother's estate.


Then my life became confused.  I wanted to go to law school, but the funds were not there.  Then it was nursing school, but that didn't work out.  Next I studied filmmaking at a private institution in Nairobi. I ran out of funds and did not get my certificate.


I moved to Kibera to live with my sister.  While watching TV,  I saw a story about the Kenyan feature film TOGETHERNESS SUPREME and the awards it won.  I decided to search for Hot Sun Foundation.


I found Hot Sun Foundation and became a volunteer at Kibera TV.  Then I attended Kibera Film School.  Some men think women cannot do technical work.  I know I can.  Without a doubt, filmmaking is the career for me.


To all Hot Sun Foundation friends and supporters, I so much appreciate your efforts to bring us all along. I have acquired so much through your help.


Please continue with the same generous spirit. We have more and more projects to do,  and more of our youths without funds  are applying for Kibera Film School.


On Wed. Oct. 19, Matching Day, remember to contribute to Hot Sun Foundation on www.globalgiving.org/3632


Asante sana.  Thank you for your support.

Alice

PS  Please check out on hitflics.com  my short  film Passionate Appeal (2 min 17 seconds). Currently I am in a three-way tie for first place
http://www.hitflics.com/preview/view_member_video.php?movieid=404




Alice at Writers Guild scriptwriting SKYPE session
Alice at Writers Guild scriptwriting SKYPE session
TOGETHERNESS SUPREME banner at Slum Film Festival
TOGETHERNESS SUPREME banner at Slum Film Festival

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Oct 11, 2011

Turning Point - Wicky's Story

Wicky in front of Hot Sun Foundation, Nairobi
Wicky in front of Hot Sun Foundation, Nairobi

My name is Wickliffe Otieno Mboya. I am 23 years old. Before I came to Hot Sun Foundation, my life took a wrong turn. I was hanging out with the wrong crowd. They were somehow misleading me - taking drugs, working at night, not sure what they were doing. I had contact with Hot Sun Foundation as an extra in the award-winning feature film TOGETHERNESS SUPREME. Then I drifted back to the streets. Hanging out. Doing nothing. Looking for easy money. Me and my friends are called "idle youth". Mercy Murugi, producer of TOGETHERNESS SUPREME and trustee at Hot Sun Foundation saw me. I asked her for 30 shillings to buy a soda. She refused and told me to come with her to the Hot Sun Foundation office. I started working as a volunteer with Kibera TV, an online community news service at Hot Sun Foundation. Then I was accepted to Kibera Film School where I learned all aspects of filmmaking. To this day I am working with Hot Sun Foundation. I go back to the street and tell my old friends, they can change their ways. Most of them are gone - either dead or in jail. I go back to see my mum and bring her food for the family. She marvels and tells me that I am a different Wicky from the one she knew. What does Hot Sun Foundation offer to the larger community? When someone sees the me before and the me now, he asks where I am coming from. I am not the way I used to be. I used to only take. Now I am a positive person in the community, sharing all that I've got. Every film that we do here is based on a true life story - something that effects the community. When they see the films, they get a teaching out of it. People should continue to contribute to Hot Sun Foundation. We are making peace through showing our films, like TOGETHERNESS SUPREME. We need to bring peace in different locations. We don't have money for that. Hot Sun Foundation brought a turning point for me and many youths in slums. Here's my message to our supporters: Thank you for what you are doing. You are really touching people's lives - that's what all people should aspire to. Even if it is only one life, you will be remembered for that. I only ask you to continue - changing lives, bringing peace through creating young filmmakers. Please mark 19 October Wednesday on your calendar. On that day, Global Giving will match your donation, making it go much farther. Thank you. Remember Wed. 19 October is Matching Day. I'll look for you then. Sincerely, Wicky

Wicky explains Slum Film Festival to visitor
Wicky explains Slum Film Festival to visitor
TOGETHERNESS SUPREME, feature film made in Kibera
TOGETHERNESS SUPREME, feature film made in Kibera

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Sep 30, 2011

Peace in Every Corner

Emmanuel Jal, global peace activist
Emmanuel Jal, global peace activist

A special visitor to Hot Sun Foundation this month -  Emmanuel Jal, South Sudanese former "lost boy", hip hop rapper for peace who lived many years in Kenya, now on a mission for peace (http://www.we-want-peace.com).  Jal came to Hot Sun Foundation  in Kibera, sitting outside our office in a circle of plastic chairs  under a corrugated tin roof

Youth from Kibera, sharing their stories of the post election violence in Kenya (Dec 2007 - March 2008)
- Waking up one morning and your aunt tells you the sad news of the murder of your parents, travelling on the road

- The loss of a friend, chopped down

- Another friend who lost his legs

- A young man whose girl friend was snatched away and raped

 One youth from Kibera commented,
Before we had been living in peace and did not know what it was until we lost it in the post election violence now we know. Now we must ensure that the violence never happens again

Talking, sharing, texting, filming for PEACE That is the focus of the young filmmakers at Hot Sun Foundation.

Support Peace in Every Corner (Amani Kila Choche)

Make a contribution today on http://www.globalgiving.com/3632

Spread the word on facebook, twitter, blogs and emails.

Thank you for all you do.

With your help, we are making a difference. 

Meeting with Emmanuel Jal at Hot Sun Foundation
Meeting with Emmanuel Jal at Hot Sun Foundation
Filming Emmanuel Jal at Hot Sun Foundation
Filming Emmanuel Jal at Hot Sun Foundation

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