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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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.
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My name is Martin Mwangi. I am 21 years old.
I've always been obsessed with filmmaking. I can remember always watching films. I would rather stay up late to watch a movie than do anything else.
I was supposed to begin Kibera Film School six months ago. But my dad died. He always supported me and told me to follow my dreams.
I kept thinking about him. I knew I had to come back to Kibera Film School. I couldn't think of anything else.
Now I'm here. And I'm loving it.
I didn't know anyone could learn so much in two weeks. I think I've learned in two weeks what people take two years to learn in a university.
The people here are awesome. The trainers are both friends and leaders. We can communicate. This makes Hot Sun Foundation better than any other place. The learning atmosphere is friendly .
Why should people invest in Hot Sun Foundation?
Hot Sun Foundation is the best place to learn film making in Kenya. What's even more amazing is that it is open to everyone-including youth from the slums. Something incredible - something life-changing is going on here.
Hot Sun Foundation gives many people the opportunity to do what they love and get the skills that they need to transform the film industry in Kenya.
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My name is Noreen Kombo
What compelled me to come to Kibera Film School?
Something very sad. I was pregnant, but lost the baby. The loss made me think about what do I really want in my life. I saw Kibera Film School on twitter and decided to try it out.
Hot Sun Foundation attracts interesting people. People are knowledgeable. We exchange ideas. It's a healthy learning environment where everybody knows something
For me, it's better to learn in a small group than a class of 100 people. I'm impressed with what I've learned so far.
Through the filmmaking training, I'm looking at storytelling in a different way. Now I'm starting to think I want to be a very good film editor. I love polishing something rough to make it better.
If they invest and empower one person, then that one youth can empower a whole community. Me personally once I am done with the filmmaking training, I will start coming back for volunteer work. People give to us and we give back - starting a giving cycle.
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My name is Godfrey Chogo. I am 24 years old.
Ever since I was young I wanted to make films. I didn't just want to, I felt I needed to do something for humanity through film. We have a lot happening in our communities. I can't reach everybody just like that. So I had to do something to reach them. I can do it through film.
I live in Mathare, which is a slum community like Kibera, in Nairobi. I work as a community volunteer. One of our supporters knew I wanted to study film. By my good luck, he brought me to Kibera Film School.
After just two weeks, I have gained a lot. I didn't know anything about script writing. I am finding out it's a long process.
The trainers here at Kibera Film School have this personality of caring for everyone. Here it is very different than in the other schools in Kenya. In others, it's all theory. In Kibera Film School, it's practical. You do something and see for yourself the results.
What is my message to our supporters on Global Giving?
Hot Sun Foundation is doing a really great thing. I urge all of you to donate to Hot Sun Foundation. Thanks to you we have good quality equipment. When you donate you are helping people like me.
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Thank you for all you do.
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