Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films

Jul 12, 2013

From Robot to Filmmaker

Joseph Matu, Kibera Film School trainee
Joseph Matu, Kibera Film School trainee

From Robot to Filmmaker

by Joseph Matu

What were you doing before  you joined Hot Sun Foundation?

For seven years, I worked as a computer clerk in a warehouse, as a parts salesman  for buses and trucks

I always wanted to go film school. My  brother  (nine years older) did  nothing but talk about film.  He worked as a cameraman.  Whenever possible, I would go along with him on shoots. 

 I tried to enter a film school three years ago, but could not pay the fees. 

Why did you come to Kibera Film School?

I heard about  Kibera Film School  on Internet. I checked it out. People I know in the film industry looked at the curriculum, and said this was the best they had seen.

What have you learned here?

I always liked to write, but I never understood the skills involved to write a script, until I came here. 

I learned about  the importance of social networking, especially using twitter .

I have also learned  technical skills in photography and videography.

What surprised you about Hot Sun Foundation?

Like many people in Kenya, I had negative misconceptions about Kibera.  I am surprised by the energy and creativity of the people I am working with.  People here have a passion for filmmaking.

I am surprised by the equipment and the facilities, which are quite good.

Hot Sun Foundation was able to attract Bob Collymore,  the CEO of Safaricom, the largest telecom in East Africa to visit us.

What is unique about Hot Sun Foundation?

The way we do things.  We have space to air our ideas. Here we have the clash of ideas instead of personalities. 

What are the biggest challenges for Hot Sun Foundation?

Why aren't we better known?  We have a great film school, have made outstanding short films and yet we are not well known in Kenya.   We need to do more public relations and outreach.

What is your message to people interested in supporting Hot Sun Foundation?

Hot Sun Foundation transforms lives…including mine.  A lot has been invested in me, not just technical skills but becoming a whole human being. 

Working in a warehouse for seven years, for me was like a slow death.  I wasn't learning. I wasn't creative.  I walked through life like a robot.

I am grateful to have this opportunity to learn filmmaking.

Please help make it possible for more youths to have this opportunity.

Kibera Film School trainees
Kibera Film School trainees



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Nathan Collett

Nairobi, Kenya

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