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.
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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