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. SEKENANIWe 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.
NKOILALENkoilale 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!
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!
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25,000 people living in the slums of Nairobi have seen it.
People all over Kenya are asking to see it.
NOW, we need YOUR HELP so they can see it.
A story of three youths, three tribes in one mega slum.
A story based on actual events.
A story of peace and reconciliation.
A story from Kibera to all of Kenya and the world, offering their talents to open up hearts and minds.
Here are a few quotes from viewers in Kibera:
“I pray for the movie Togetherness Supreme to go on, to encourage, to show people, to remind them they may become peaceful.” 38-year old man
“I liked that in the movie, people were working together despite coming from different tribes.” 19-year-old woman,
“The movie itself (Togetherness Supreme) can make somebody change from wrong to right." 37-year-old man.
“The movie (Togetherness Supreme) was encouraging. It was touching. And it led me to have some emotions and that is why I decided to shed my tears, because of all what happened here, it was right here. And when I saw the movie, when people are going looting here and there, I recalled losing each and every thing. So the movie touched me, it was good. And I pray that something like that won’t happen again. The movie was wonderful. I just wish you can bring it every week for other people to watch.” 36 year old woman
The people of Kibera have spoken. We hope you are listening and listening carefully.
If you are, then please, make their wishes come true.
Send TOGETHERNESS SUPREME around Kenya!
TOGETHERNESS SUPREME is the most powerful tool we have to build peace and unity among all peoples.
Make a contribution today!
THANKS for all you do!
Everywhere we go in the slums of Nairobi, people turn out to see the Kibera feature film TOGETHERNESS SUPREME, a story of three youths, three tribes in one mega slum: KIBERA, Kenya.
Based on actual events, TOGETHERNESS SUPREME tells a story of peace and reconciliation following the post-election violence in Kenya in 2007-2008.
TOGETHERNESS SUPREME is a powerful tool for peace that should be shared throughout Kenya NOW, as people are preparing for a referendum on a new constitution and for upcoming presidential elections in 2012.
TOGETHERNESS SUPREME has received extensive international media coverage and has been featured on all major Kenya television stations.
TOGETHERNESS SUPREME opens hearts and minds to reflect on what happened in January -February 2008 when over 1300 people were killed and 350,000 people displaced in their own country in post election violence.
TOGETHERNESS SUPREME builds unity, especially among the youth of all tribes.
YOU can join this amazing, creative, powerful movement for youth unity and peace, led by the youth of Kibera and the feature film TOGETHERNESS SUPREME.
Make a DONATION today and help make peace a reality in Kenya.
We are counting on you and your support to enable us to show and discuss TOGETHERNESS SUPREME all over Kenya, building peace and unity.
Pass the word. REMEMBER 16 June 2010 is MATCHING DAY. MARK THE DATE!
THANKS for all you do!
I visited Hot Sun Foundation's Kibera Film School two weeks ago and met the students. They are enthusiastically helping us with the GlobalGiving Storytelling project - an innovative experiment in soliciting and using beneficiary feedback. A highlight was seeing the trailer for their first feature film "Togetherness Supreme" premiering this weekend in downtown Nairobi and on Monday at a free showing in Kibera, where the film takes place. The trailer was intense and moving. This film is important as Kenyans prepare for the constitutional referendum this August and the next general election in 2012. The film, based on the true story of Evans (pictured below), an artist who gets caught up in politics and the post-election violence of 2007. The message is cautionary and positive and I hope it is seen extremely widely. Also pictured here are Mercy (Managing Director of Hot Sun) and Zipporah (GlobalGiving Storytelling Program Coordinator).
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