Hot Sun Foundation

Vision of Hot Sun Foundation: Social transformation through art and media. Mission: Identify and develop youth talent in East African slums to tell their stories on film. Rapid urbanization in East Africa and lack of options leads to wasted talent and frustration among the youth. Training in filmmaking enhances their creative potential, creating role models and cultural leaders from within their communities.
Nov 27, 2013

What does it take?

Kibera Film School trainees
Kibera Film School trainees

What does it take to become a filmmaker?

Creativity,

committment,

AND

access to equipment and training.

 

What does it take to become a filmmaker

IF you live in an urban slum in Nairobi, Kenya?

 

Hot Sun Foundation,

Kibera Film School,

AND

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Comment by Joash Mageto, filmmaker

In six months, Kibera Film School transformed me into a new person. Today I am confident enough to make a movie of my own. I see a film with a director’s eye now. I have started loving cinema in a true sense only after coming here.

 

Remember us during the holiday season.

Your support makes it possible for us to become filmmakers!

 

THANKS!  

Hot Sun Foundation staff, graduates and trainees

Kibera Film School trainees
Kibera Film School trainees

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Oct 2, 2013

David's Transformation

David Weda at Slum Film Festival, Nairobi, Kenya
David Weda at Slum Film Festival, Nairobi, Kenya

 David Weda,  22 years old

What were you doing before  you joined Hot Sun Foundation?

I wasn't doing much, hustling, worked at a restaurant, getting by.  I was working in a hardware shop when I used to see Hot Sun Foundation people walking by with cameras.  Then by chance, Hot Sun Foundation was filming a short film and I was in it, playing myself in the hardware store. After that, I went to the  Kibera Film School graduation and learned more. My attraction to filmmaking grew and grew. 

Hot Sun Foundation meant more than filmmaking skills for me. It meant a new life.  My life had been rough. Guys I was hanging out with were picked up for robbery.  I was included because I was hanging out with them.  The case was dropped, but that incident made me think.  I was that close to going to jail for a long, long time.  My dad was the only one who stood by me. Now I tell other youth, be careful who you hang with.  

When I heard about the intake at Kibera Film School, I thought this is my chance. I must grab it.  I came here to change my life.  Hot Sun Foundation has transformed my life and given me filmmaking skills.

I am grateful to  Hot Sun Foundation. 

Thanks to all of you who support Hot Sun Foundation and young filmmakers like me.

VERY SPECIAL THANKS for everyone who makes a donation on Wed. October 9, Bonus Day. 

Hot Sun Foundation will get 30% more on Wed. October 9.

Mark your calendars. ONE WEEK FROM TODAY.  Global Giving BONUS DAY. Wed. October 9.

NOTE:  In July, 2013,  David's father died suddenly. David did not give up his vision of becoming a filmmaker.  His dad had been proud of David's decision  to go to Kibera Film School and transform his life.  David missed several filmmaking classes due to family commitments at the funeral as the eldest son, but he managed to complete all his projects. 

David with other Kibera Film School trainees
David with other Kibera Film School trainees

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Aug 19, 2013

Charles and the Step Mother

Charles Isaboke, Kibera Film School trainee on set
Charles Isaboke, Kibera Film School trainee on set

I am Charles Isaboke, age 19,  a resident of the Soweto area of Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya. 

Greeting to friends of Hot Sun Foundation!

I have been interested in filmmaking ever since 2006, when I was in primary school. I watched Nathan Collett, the founder of Hot Sun Foundation,  and his crew making the award-winning short film Kibera Kid.  Then in 2009, I was Nathan's personal assistant during the shooting in Kibera of the feature film Togetherness Supreme. 

Right out of high school, I knew what I wanted - to join Kibera Film School.  It is an ongoing struggle, but I'm here and working hard daily to learn filmmaking.

My journey of becoming a filmmaker started during the shoot of my first short film project, titled The Out Wash.  The description of my film is:  Three children avenge their stepmother’s cruelty.  I wrote the story based on what actually happened to me, my brother and sister.  While my father was away working, my stepmother refused to give us any breakfast before going to school.  In the film, Out Wash, the children find a clever way to expose the stepmother's cruelty to the entire community.

 If you are a youth, living in the slums in Nairobi, and you want to learn filmmaking,  the only place open for you is here at Kibera Film School .

All trainees are subsidised.  So please support  Hot Sun Foundation.

Without your support, I wouldn't be here.   

Goto.gg/3632  to make a donation.  Support young filmmakers in East Africa!

Thanks,

Charles Isaboke

Nathan, Wambui, Charles at Kibera Film School
Nathan, Wambui, Charles at Kibera Film School

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