Project #3632

Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films

by Hot Sun Foundation
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.  to make a donation.  Support young filmmakers in East Africa!


Charles Isaboke

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



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Hot Sun Foundation

Location: Nairobi, Kenya - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Nathan Collett
Nairobi, Kenya
$50,558 raised of $70,000 goal
690 donations
$19,442 to go
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