Project #3632

Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films

by Hot Sun Foundation
Martin Mwangi, film trainee at Hot Sun Foundation
Martin Mwangi, film trainee at Hot Sun Foundation

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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Kibera Film School trainees
Kibera Film School trainees


Noreen Kombo, film trainee Hot Sun Foundation
Noreen Kombo, film trainee Hot Sun Foundation

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.

Why should people invest in Hot Sun Foundation?

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.


Wednesday 17 October is Bonus Day.  Global Giving will match your contribution by 30%.

Join the Giving Cycle. 

Thank you.

Shirley and Noreen, trainees at Hot Sun Foundation
Shirley and Noreen, trainees at Hot Sun Foundation


Godfrey Chogo, 24, Kibera Film School trainee
Godfrey Chogo, 24, Kibera Film School trainee

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. 

Reminder from Hot Sun Foundation:

Wednesday 17 October is Bonus Day. Your donation will be matched by 30%. 

Please pass the word on facebook, twitter, blogs to support young East African filmmakers on 17 October 2012, Global Giving Bonus Day. 

Thank you for all you do. 

Godfrey writing his first script
Godfrey writing his first script


Filmmaker Mireia Fort with trainees in Kibera
Filmmaker Mireia Fort with trainees in Kibera

What is one of the many great things about Kibera Film School in Nairobi, Kenya? 

International visitors - talented people like filmmaker Mireia Fort from Barcelona Spain.  Mireia is a documentary filmmaker, who shares the Hot Sun Foundation vision of social transformation through arts and media. 

In two sessions in September with the Kibera Film School trainees, who had just started their training a few days earlier, Mireia brought them closer to the world of filmmaking. 

In the first exercise, all the filmmaking trainees  stood in the street near the school and watched and listened to everything going on around them. They wrote down what they experienced.  The next day they turned their observations into a series of one-minute videos - glimpses into the everyday reality of life in Kibera.

Thank you, Mireia for sharing your enthusiasm and talent with the young filmmakers at Kibera Film School!

Thank you  to all the present, past and future supporters of Hot Sun Foundation on GlobalGiving. Your donations support an innovative film school in an East African slum, where talented filmmakers like Mireia inspire youth to tell their stories. 

REMEMBER Wed. 17 October is Global Giving Bonus Day.  Your donation will be matched by 30%.  Mark your calendars. Spread the word. 

On Wednesday 17 October, help us reach our goal of USD 500, which pays for 1 month's expenses for two trainees.

Thank you for all you do!

Mireia with 8 video stories by film school trainee
Mireia with 8 video stories by film school trainee
Mireia Group Photo Kibera Film School trainees
Mireia Group Photo Kibera Film School trainees


Script Power Seminar logo
Script Power Seminar logo

What does it take to write a compelling script and make a short film? 

A group of young East African filmmakers in Nairobi had the opportunity to write scripts and produce a short film thanks to Hot Sun Foundation, who sponsored the Script Power Seminar.

With the support of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles, California, Hot Sun Foundation was able to bring an experienced scriptwriter, Dwayne Johnson-Cochran,  to Nairobi for one month to work with a group of young highly motivated East African scriptwriters.  

The young scriptwriters were enthusiastic about the month-long seminar. 

My experience in making a short film is that it is energy consuming, mind gruelling but also a lot of fun, especially if there is good chemistry with the people that you are working with.

Thank you Hot Sun Foundation for a fantastic and informative month. My script writing has definitely changed for the better.

Thanks to all of you who support Hot Sun Foundation at Global Giving! 

You are providing a unique opportunity for young East African filmmakers to tell their stories on film!

Invest in the creativity of young East African filmmakers!

Reminder:  Wed. Oct. 17 is BONUS DAY when Global Giving will match your gift by 30%! 

Please pass the word.

Many thanks!  You are making a difference!

Young East Africans with Dwayne Johnson-Cochran
Young East Africans with Dwayne Johnson-Cochran
Young East African working on scripts
Young East African working on scripts



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Hot Sun Foundation

Location: Nairobi, Kenya - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Nathan Collett
Nairobi, Kenya
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