Twelve more youth from the urban slum of Kibera and their delighted parents and friends celebrated their successful completion of the Foundation in Filmmaking course on 29 January 2011.
Interest is building. More and more urban slum youth want to learn about filmmaking and how to tell their stories to the world. Hot Sun Foundation will open another course in Foundation in Filmmaking in February 2011. We are excited but we face a big challenge. Talented youth like Steve (pictured below), who has been volunteering for months with the Kibera TV program wants to join us. However, he cannot pay any tuition or fees.
Steve and many many other talented youth like him, needs your support. Only USD 135 per month will pay ALL his tuition, fees, materials and lunches. Only $135 per month can change lives, offer new opportunities and provide new stories about the lives of urban slum youth.
The very best support for Steve and talented youth who aspire to be filmmakers would be for supporters to donate USD $135 per month on a recurring basis.
We are looking for 35 people to pay USD 35 per month to become a FRIEND of Hot Sun Foundation. Having 35 Friends would allow us to give scholarships to six youth. Friends of Hot Sun Foundation will receive an annual DVD package of our current films plus a biannual newsletter.
Join the Friends of Hot Sun Foundation TODAY. And tell your family, your friends, your church, and community group to join us! All donations are most welcome and appreciated!
I am Victor Oluoch Mmboga, 23 years of age. I obtained a Kenya Certificate of Primary Education at Mituri Primary School in Western Kenya.
I moved to Nairobi in early 2005, hoping to get money from a relative to go to secondary school but it didn’t work out. I made my living in the informal economy, buying and selling used clothing. I am a survivor.
I came to join Hot Sun Foundation in early 2008 after I heard of KIBERA KID a short film which was very famous in Nairobi by then. I wanted to follow up and meet the filmmakers of KIBERA KID but before I made the move, the director Nathan Collett was on one of the local TV stations where he gave out information about Hot Sun Foundation. I searched Kibera until I found Hot Sun Foundation. Someone gave me a camera, although I had never used one. I started working on the filming the auditions for the feature film TOGETHERNESS SUPREME.
Today I’m a different person from who I was. Hot Sun has transformed me to a visual and creative storyteller. Now I have a future and I believe I’m on the highway to achieve my dream. I joined Kibera Film School in August 2009 and graduated from the filmmaking foundation course in April 2010.
I love Kibera Film School for it has built others and me skillfully. And as the school continues to grow, many more talented youth in Kibera are going to be discovered and transformed to creative storytellers, too. I’m the director of one of the fastest growing projects of Hot Sun Foundation -KIBERA TV where we collect daily stories of Kibera and upload them on YouTube and kiberatv.blogspot.com. KIBERA TV has brought many youth together to learn about filmmaking using Flip cameras and editing techniques. Many organizations have come forward to use KIBERA TV to highlight the community’s stories and outreach.
I hope these two projects, Kibera Film School and Kibera TV, grow wide and big because these are the vital tools to bring change in Kibera. One of the te main challenges we face is adequate equipment.
Everyone reading my story can help out but donating at www.globalgiviing.org/3632.
Thank you and my best wishes to all for the holiday season.
A Message from Josphat Keya (24)Projects Coordinator, Hot Sun Foundation I joined Hot Sun Foundation through Kibera Film School in the first intake of trainees in August, 2009. Though I did not have prior knowledge in filmmaking I loved writing short stories and sometimes I’d send them to local magazines for publication. No story was ever published. I guess they did not fit what was wanted. My stories were what I saw happening to my fellow colleagues around me.
With the coming of Kibera Film School, I thought this was a perfect opportunity for me to relay my thoughts that I had wanted to do for so long, but did not have a chance. Now it would be even better with the filmmaking skills that I’d gain then my message will be more powerful.
My goal is to become a film director with a distinction of telling stories. Talking of telling stories I mean speaking what is not spoken, what is avoided to be spoken, that which is avoided but is really needed to be heard. For example two of my projects I’ve done were of controversial issues here in my community – one about stepmothers and the other about sexual identity. Something that nobody wants to talk about or fears talking about it. I believe through what I’ve done at least it will elicit dialogue and it won’t be a taboo talking about it anymore.
What Hot Sun Has done for me is immeasurable. It has made me what I am and what I’ll be, of course if I do not waiver I’ll be what I want to be, and all courtesy of Hot Sun. So I would love this to also happen to my fellow youths out there who were denied a chance to be what they want to be by systems set by selfish people in the society or those who don’t have the slightest idea of what the youth really need. Many think that the youth need cash in hand. No, what we need is nurturing of what we can do best - our talent, our passion, our dreams.
Collaboration with other organizations with similar vision of empowering the youth is very important for us. Exchange programmes that will close the gap between the youth in their artistic talents from whatever corner of the world I believe are something very important. This exchange programmes, collaborations will be fostering peace, which is being threatened by the world politics.
The places I’ve gone, the people I have met, I do not know if it could have been possible, all of them have happened in the name of Hot Sun Foundation. I believe that someone somewhere in my community has identified not with my personality but my triumphs just because of what I’ve been able to do while at Hot Sun Foundation.During this holiday season, I ask each and every one of you to reach out to the youth in Kibera who are so eager to have a chance to develop their talents at Kibera Film School and Kibera TV programmes at Hot Sun Foundation.
You can help make this possible by1. Donating on www.globalgiving.org/3632 or at www.globalgiving.co.uk (Hot Sun Foundation)2. Volunteering, especially if you have filmmaking skills. Contact us a email@example.com for more information. 3. Buying DVDs on buykiberakid.com4. Joining the blogspot kiberatv.blogspot.com, kiberafilmschool.blogspot.com and kiberakid.blogspot.com 5. Becoming a fan on facebook : Kibera Film School, Kibera TV, TOGETHERNESS SUPREME feature film 6. Following us on twitter HotSunFilms7. ALL OF THE ABOVE! THANKS for all you do!
KISII TO NAROK ROADSHOW by Kibera Film School TraineesBeatrice 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. AITONG9th 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.
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!
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