Kibera Hamlets Acrobats with Togetherness Supreme
PART ONE: REPORT OF TOGETHERNESS SUPREME KISII TO NAROK ROADSHOW Rural Road Show
by Kibera Film School Trainees Beatrice Aringa and Kevin Machimbo
Hot Sun Foundation, Kids in Kenya, and the Child Wellness Fund co-sponsored the TOGETHERNESS SUPREME film road show in Kenya. For the first time in Kenya, TOGETHERNESS SUPREME, an award-winning community-produced full-length feature film, was shown in free open-air screenings in high definition projection.
The TOGETHERNESS SUPREME Road Show kicked off on the 3rd of September from Hot Sun Films office in Nairobi to Kisii. The Kibera Film School trainees were joined by 12 young acrobats from Kibera Hamlets. Many of us had never traveled outside Nairobi. We were all excited and a bit nervous. In Kisii we had a good turnout but we were rained out. We were all disappointed but had to move to the next location.
We began the journey to Rift Valley on 5th September. The journey to Sekenani Masai Mara was long and tiring but th did not kill our spirit as we arrived late and proceeded to screen Togetherness Supreme. A show from Kibera Hamlets acrobats helped us mobilize our crowds. The turnout was impressive! Sekenani was to be our home for the next three days as we criss crossed the vast Masai Mara. Here we got the chance to interact with the Masai culture and meet indigenous Masai warriors. They made our fear of wild animals fade into thin air and we got a safe night’s sleep.
6th September our convoy heads to Olelemutia, north of the Masai Mara and the day began gracefully and on a high note. We arrived in Olelemutia on time and set up, ready for screening but the rain out maneuvered us. I would say that the rain was the biggest and major challenge in Olelemutia. The residents appreciated our presence there and we felt welcomed.
Nkoilale was great. 7th September, the journey there was not too bumpy as compared to the rest of the way. This was the southern side of the Mara and the residents here were a bit shy. But after a few stunts from the Kibera Hamlets acrobats we managed to pull people to gather around. This was one of the worst spots during the post election violence in 2007-2008. We were glad to have showed them TOGETHERNESS SUPREME and the depth of its message: Peace. After successfully fulfilling our mission, we head back to our camp to retire. Today we are all smiles.
THANKS to everyone who made our road trip possible! Now we are back in Nairobi, continuing our community workshops with children and KIBERA TV. SUPPORT US NOW with the Give More, Get More Matching Campaign of Global Giving Oct. 12- 21 2010. Again our thanks for your inspiring support!
Kibera Film School with Masai friends