KISII TO NAROK ROADSHOW by Kibera Film School Trainees Beatrice Aringa and Kevin Machimbo
Road Show Part Two
MARARIANDA 8th September. Rain, rain, rain. This was the day we moved from Sekenani to our new camp in Mararianda. The journey was long and tiring. It was six hours before getting there and everyone was exhausted. The reception we got on our arrival was unexpected and very cordial. The chief of the region himself welcomed us.
This is the day we had had just enough of the rain and its hindering factor that had made us not screen on two occasions. We decided today we would screen even if it rained cats and dogs. After we screened, we were all wet and we were given a warm room with fire that would keep us warm. The chief threw us a party and slaughtered a goat for us. We were humbled by this generous gesture.
AITONG 9th September. Of all the screenings, Aitong was unique. We mostly screened at night but on this particular day we screened twice. During the day and in the night. At daytime, our target audience was mainly women and children who are often conspicuously missing at the evening screenings. Most women and children availed themselves during the day because coincidentally this was a market day too. The turnout was amazing!
Since we had showed the rain that we would still screen even though it rained, it left us alone. And as the sun hung loosely in the sky, we started getting ready for the second screening. This was one of the most successful screenings since the road show began. We met many people who were really interested in what we do and took pride in watching some of the local production.
Aitong was different from the other parts of the expansive Masai Mara. Most of the locals were really interested in socializing with new people. Here we made lots of new friends who really got interested in Hot Sun Foundation. This was the final stretch in the Mara and I would say apart from a few ups and downs the entire show rocked the world of many and transformed some lives if not all.
From Mararianda to Narok was like an endless journey. Most of the journey we were fast asleep. We arrived in Narok at 3.00pm in the afternoon. We are ready for our last screenings in our Rift Valley tour. Most of us were eager to get back home to Nairobi and so we wanted the screening to be the best.
Talk about saving the best for the last and we just did that. We painted Narok town with togetherness. People were interested and amazed to see us! No sooner had we begun setting up our equipment that the crowd kept surging forward. Narok recorded the highest turnout. The screenings were a success and the residents of Narok were grateful they had the chance to watch this local production. The Togetherness Is video interviews of local people, played at the end of each screening of TOGETHERNESS SUPREME as a way to say thank you is what amazed most residents.
Success • Impressive turnout in most screening locations. • Most residents were really greatful and wanted a re run of Togetherness Supreme. • The message of peace was spread across ethnic groups and the need to keep peace was grasped. • We got the chance to interact with people from different backgrounds and market or sell Hot Sun Foundation on a national platform. • Generally everyone loved the movie and they marvelled that such talent could be found locally in Kibera.
• Weather that hindered us from screenings in some areas. • Bad roads that made the journey very uncomfortable and led to some of the equipment getting damaged. • Lack of clean drinking water in the rural centers. • Communication barrier with the locals, who could not speak or understand Kiswahili. This led to a broken communication linkage and thus most of them couldn’t answer the audience feedback forms or do the Togetherness Is short videos.
Conclusions I would sum up by saying the entire road show was a success apart from little technical hitches and unavoidable weather conditions. Great thanks to the organizers Hot Sun Films. Our deepest gratitude go to Jamey Ponte of Child Wellness Fund for his excellent coordinating skills with the locals and guiding us throughout this entire journey.
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