Josphat Keya working on a Kibera story on video
A Message from Josphat Keya (24)
Projects Coordinator, Hot Sun Foundation
I joined Hot Sun Foundation through Kibera Film School in the first intake of trainees in August, 2009. Though I did not have prior knowledge in filmmaking I loved writing short stories and sometimes I’d send them to local magazines for publication. No story was ever published. I guess they did not fit what was wanted. My stories were what I saw happening to my fellow colleagues around me.
With the coming of Kibera Film School, I thought this was a perfect opportunity for me to relay my thoughts that I had wanted to do for so long, but did not have a chance. Now it would be even better with the filmmaking skills that I’d gain then my message will be more powerful.
My goal is to become a film director with a distinction of telling stories. Talking of telling stories I mean speaking what is not spoken, what is avoided to be spoken, that which is avoided but is really needed to be heard. For example two of my projects I’ve done were of controversial issues here in my community – one about stepmothers and the other about sexual identity. Something that nobody wants to talk about or fears talking about it. I believe through what I’ve done at least it will elicit dialogue and it won’t be a taboo talking about it anymore.
What Hot Sun Has done for me is immeasurable. It has made me what I am and what I’ll be, of course if I do not waiver I’ll be what I want to be, and all courtesy of Hot Sun. So I would love this to also happen to my fellow youths out there who were denied a chance to be what they want to be by systems set by selfish people in the society or those who don’t have the slightest idea of what the youth really need. Many think that the youth need cash in hand. No, what we need is nurturing of what we can do best - our talent, our passion, our dreams.
Collaboration with other organizations with similar vision of empowering the youth is very important for us. Exchange programmes that will close the gap between the youth in their artistic talents from whatever corner of the world I believe are something very important. This exchange programmes, collaborations will be fostering peace, which is being threatened by the world politics.
The places I’ve gone, the people I have met, I do not know if it could have been possible, all of them have happened in the name of Hot Sun Foundation. I believe that someone somewhere in my community has identified not with my personality but my triumphs just because of what I’ve been able to do while at Hot Sun Foundation.
During this holiday season, I ask each and every one of you to reach out to the youth in Kibera who are so eager to have a chance to develop their talents at Kibera Film School and Kibera TV programmes at Hot Sun Foundation.
You can help make this possible by
1. Donating on www.globalgiving.org/3632 or at www.globalgiving.co.uk (Hot Sun Foundation)
2. Volunteering, especially if you have filmmaking skills. Contact us a email@example.com for more information.
3. Buying DVDs on buykiberakid.com
4. Joining the blogspot kiberatv.blogspot.com, kiberafilmschool.blogspot.com and kiberakid.blogspot.com
5. Becoming a fan on facebook : Kibera Film School, Kibera TV, TOGETHERNESS SUPREME feature film
6. Following us on twitter HotSunFilms
7. ALL OF THE ABOVE! THANKS for all you do!