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.
Oct 11, 2011

Turning Point - Wicky's Story

Wicky in front of Hot Sun Foundation, Nairobi
Wicky in front of Hot Sun Foundation, Nairobi

My name is Wickliffe Otieno Mboya. I am 23 years old. Before I came to Hot Sun Foundation, my life took a wrong turn. I was hanging out with the wrong crowd. They were somehow misleading me - taking drugs, working at night, not sure what they were doing. I had contact with Hot Sun Foundation as an extra in the award-winning feature film TOGETHERNESS SUPREME. Then I drifted back to the streets. Hanging out. Doing nothing. Looking for easy money. Me and my friends are called "idle youth". Mercy Murugi, producer of TOGETHERNESS SUPREME and trustee at Hot Sun Foundation saw me. I asked her for 30 shillings to buy a soda. She refused and told me to come with her to the Hot Sun Foundation office. I started working as a volunteer with Kibera TV, an online community news service at Hot Sun Foundation. Then I was accepted to Kibera Film School where I learned all aspects of filmmaking. To this day I am working with Hot Sun Foundation. I go back to the street and tell my old friends, they can change their ways. Most of them are gone - either dead or in jail. I go back to see my mum and bring her food for the family. She marvels and tells me that I am a different Wicky from the one she knew. What does Hot Sun Foundation offer to the larger community? When someone sees the me before and the me now, he asks where I am coming from. I am not the way I used to be. I used to only take. Now I am a positive person in the community, sharing all that I've got. Every film that we do here is based on a true life story - something that effects the community. When they see the films, they get a teaching out of it. People should continue to contribute to Hot Sun Foundation. We are making peace through showing our films, like TOGETHERNESS SUPREME. We need to bring peace in different locations. We don't have money for that. Hot Sun Foundation brought a turning point for me and many youths in slums. Here's my message to our supporters: Thank you for what you are doing. You are really touching people's lives - that's what all people should aspire to. Even if it is only one life, you will be remembered for that. I only ask you to continue - changing lives, bringing peace through creating young filmmakers. Please mark 19 October Wednesday on your calendar. On that day, Global Giving will match your donation, making it go much farther. Thank you. Remember Wed. 19 October is Matching Day. I'll look for you then. Sincerely, Wicky

Wicky explains Slum Film Festival to visitor
Wicky explains Slum Film Festival to visitor
TOGETHERNESS SUPREME, feature film made in Kibera
TOGETHERNESS SUPREME, feature film made in Kibera

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Sep 30, 2011

Peace in Every Corner

Emmanuel Jal, global peace activist
Emmanuel Jal, global peace activist

A special visitor to Hot Sun Foundation this month -  Emmanuel Jal, South Sudanese former "lost boy", hip hop rapper for peace who lived many years in Kenya, now on a mission for peace (http://www.we-want-peace.com).  Jal came to Hot Sun Foundation  in Kibera, sitting outside our office in a circle of plastic chairs  under a corrugated tin roof

Youth from Kibera, sharing their stories of the post election violence in Kenya (Dec 2007 - March 2008)
- Waking up one morning and your aunt tells you the sad news of the murder of your parents, travelling on the road

- The loss of a friend, chopped down

- Another friend who lost his legs

- A young man whose girl friend was snatched away and raped

 One youth from Kibera commented,
Before we had been living in peace and did not know what it was until we lost it in the post election violence now we know. Now we must ensure that the violence never happens again

Talking, sharing, texting, filming for PEACE That is the focus of the young filmmakers at Hot Sun Foundation.

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Meeting with Emmanuel Jal at Hot Sun Foundation
Meeting with Emmanuel Jal at Hot Sun Foundation
Filming Emmanuel Jal at Hot Sun Foundation
Filming Emmanuel Jal at Hot Sun Foundation

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Sep 18, 2011

A Different View-Slum Film Festival Nairobi Kenya

Slum Film Festival logo Nairobi Aug 2011
Slum Film Festival logo Nairobi Aug 2011

When you hear the word "slum", what do you think of? 

The mainstream media usually depicts slums as places of poverty, crime and violence.  But in Nairobi and many other cities in sub Saharan Africa, urban slums are where most of the population lives.  The living conditions may be  substandard, but slums are home to many talented, creative young people with stories to tell.

Hot Sun Foundation has been working with youth in the slums of Nairobi since 2000.  We started the Kibera Film School in 2009. 

In August 2011, working with other slum-based cultural groups and with the support of the Spanish Embassy in Nairobi, Hot Sun Foundation initiated the Slum Film Festival that focuses on films made by and about the slums. The pilot edition of the Slum Film Festival focused on the images of slums in Nairobi. For two weeks, audiences in the Nairobi slums of Kibera and Mathare could watch films about their own lives made by young filmmakers.

Here's what Robert, 21, a Kibera Film School trainee has to say about the Slum Film Festival:

For me it meant the passion of art from the youths of Kibera Film School and other slum areas...exchanging our ideas and working as a team to tell our own stories.

The audiences were really motivated and inspired by what the youths are doing. They never thought that youth from the slums could become filmmakers. 

 With the next Slum Film Festival, we should not only consider the slums… we should move out with the slum perspective to reach the youths in other communities.

Your donations to Hot Sun Foundation make it possible for Robert and many other youth to get the skills needed to tell their stories using digital video technology. 

Your donations offer new opportunities for talented youth to become community role models as filmmakers, artists and peacemakers.

Please donate TODAY.  All of your donations are USA tax deductible.

Spread the word on facebook, twitter, blogs.

Thanks for all you do. 

GG Spice entertains Slum Film Festival crowd
GG Spice entertains Slum Film Festival crowd
Robert, 21,  Kibera Film School Trainee
Robert, 21, Kibera Film School Trainee
Hot Sun Foundation team at Slum Film Festival
Hot Sun Foundation team at Slum Film Festival

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