We’re Moving!! (next door)

It has been our wish to have a bigger space, our own compound (with parking, which is a nightmare for visitors to the school) and also a place that we can hold outdoor screenings.


Our wish came true this Saturday. Our next door neighbour invited us to look at her house…and we loved it. It’s a 6 bed-roomed maisonette, own and fenced compound, huge compound (that we can hold screenings at and ample parking).


We now have enough space to accommodate more students, more equipment, and more learning space!


We have worked out the lease terms, and hoping to sign and seal the deal today!


The house is right next to the current location of the film school, so we don’t have to do a new map 🙂


We will post pictures on moving day, which is  starts on 4th of January 2010.


I guess that was our Christmas wish come true! Your Christmas gift to us can be a donation on our Global Giving Page, whose link is here

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AFRICALIA VISITS KIBERA FILM SCHOOL


Kibera film school trainees had a chance to finally meet their main sponsors Africalia which was represented by Sven the financial administrator and Wim who is in charge of public relations,marketing and fundraising in Africalia. Both parties got a chance to express their views and ideas and their expectations for the school.


The trainees also got  a chance to showcase some of the short films which they worked on.The officials from Africalia were very impressed to see the progress the school was making and encouraged them to keep up the good work.

Sven also encouraged the students to use this opportunity to tell their stories because film is a very powerful medium and like the saying goes seeing is believing and images speak for themselves.


“It is very satisfying to see that the money we fundraise is put to good use and one thing we should all realize is we both need each other,”said Wim.


Wim got a chance to make a detour of the Kibera slum courtesy of the trainees who were bent to show him around.
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MO FAYA "They call it a slum we call it home."

“Mo Faya” is a Kenyan musical written and directed by reknown musician Eric Wainaina.It is set in “Kwa maji” meaning “in the water”.The story depicts the life in the slums and aims to show how people in the slum are taken advantage of especially by the politicians.The story has also  inco-oporated the aspect of violence that took place after the 2007 elections making it a must watch for everyone.

The Kibera Film School trainees got a chance to attend the show at the Godown art center courtesy of the Netherlands embassy.
The event was organized to honour Marije Balt who has finished her term as the Netherlands’ ambassador to Kenya and was going ahead to work at the Hague for her country.
Present were people Marije has worked with in her long stay in Kenya and this included a lot of artists and youth groups. 
Marijie Balt was full of praise for the movie TOGETHERNESS SUPREME and assured her audience that they should expect a movie with a difference.
Present were also the some of the cast from TOGETHERNESS SUPREME. 

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KIBERA FILM SCHOOL GETS NEW EQUIPMENT

The trainees of Kibera Film School today morning received new equipment:
     **3 mini flip HD cameras and their accessories and
     **One TB external drive


The equipment bought courtesy of the Australian Embassy Nairobi came in with the managing trustee, Nathan Collett. The trainees received the equipment with great joy.

Comments from some of the students:


The mini flip HD cameras are really good; their small size is very efficient and can give very good shots.
Evans Kamau

This is what I had been waiting for, I really needed such small and efficient cameras in a project I’d be doing. And with the mini flip HDs I’ll have very creative interesting shots.
Josphat Keya 

Thanks to Jim Lindsay for purchasing them and making sure they got to us in time!


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KIBERA FILM SCHOOL: TRAINEES WEEK REPORT 19

                 JOHN NGARUIYA GIGI SPICE

The week has been nice. We are working on our school project. We hope to complete it on time and start our personal project. But we are going on well.
              
                VICTOR OLUOCH MMBOGA
I’ve a little bit frustrated the whole week, time is running so fast, that I don’t notice the sunset; because my attention is attracted by the projects I am working on now.
Mostly we are working on editing of school project and other team which includes me have been working on DVD cover and inner lay which we hope to have it done early next week. And also l’ve been developing my project script though it’s for next year. Despite all the challenges, the week and projects are great and motivating. 


             SHAMIM ACHIENG KARAKUN
The week started very nice. I went to the “PICHA MTAANI” event on Monday. The day was very tough, because of those pictures. We’ve been working on our school project, that is good by now , at least we are somewhere. All in all we had our respected visitors from Africalia Belgium, who were very happy with what we are doing. We had to show them our short films and our trailer. Otherwise everything is doing fine.
              
               FAITH WAVINYA MUMO
The week has been wonderful and busy. We’ve been working on our project and trying to see things done. All challenges we managed to solve issues and as at now we’ve moved far much and we made progress.
             
            EVANS KAMAU KANGETHE
The week was fully loaded with work, us going to the field to shoot our Kibera film school project. We also had to do reshoots in some of the interviews. The great challenge was that we were unable to capture and download because all the hard drives were full thus slowing down editing.
               
          JOSPHAT KEYA NAMTENDA
We finished our shooting and started editing. We have two groups; editing, designing the DVD in lay. I am in the 2nd group.
               
          GABRIELA OPPERE JUMA
The week was okay we had a lot to learn from the editing section. And the designing of the CD cover and in lay. And we are glad that we will have visitors from Africalia.
              
          MARTHA KISAKA NASIKE
Despite the many challenges the week has been fair. We managed to solve the few challenges encountered. We are progressing on the kibera film school project and are working to beat the set deadline.
              
          WILFRED MASEA B.Y
The week has been busy. We are working hard to finish the kibera film school project. We were working as a team on that CD cover. We hope to finish the kibera film school soon as possible.
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Los Angeles Times in Kibera

Kibera film school had the privilege of getting a visitor from Los Angeles Times, who paid us a visit . ROBIN DIXON who is a correspondent based in Johannersburg. She has been in daily journalism for 30 years and she spent 10 years in Moscow as  a reporter.

Robin Dixon said, ‘For the few days I was in kibera, I met great people, who are talented in different ways, and I also discovered that kibera has lots of stories, I love kibera and I hope to come again and again says’.
 Robin Dixon with Kibera Film School Trainees and Teddy (in green), who plays Peter in Togetherness Supreme
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TRAINEES WEEKLY REPORT: WEEK 18

 

FAITH MUMO
The week to me has been fine, have been busy working hard t see ends meet and by that I feel exhausted but happy to have achieved.
 JOHN NGARUIYA
My week was good trying to brainstorm on our Kibera Film School script project. We are progressing but we are still building it trying to share ideas and getting feedbacks because we want a good job but everything is good.
JOSPHAT KEYA
Working on the Kibera Film School documentary project ,we revised the script & delegated each a role to play in the film .I was given the role of a director. I hope to learn more from this.
EVANS KANG’ETHE
The week was fine I participated in the class project and I also met different visitors from Map Kibera a newly formed group in Kibera and also Robin Dixon a journalist  from the L.A. times .I also discussed my project with the fellow students and according to me, that was a way forward.
MARTHA KISAKA
The week has been fine. We have been working on the film school script and it is developing positively so far there has been no challenges. Thanks.
VICTOR OLUOCH
Its has been a busy week with lots of project going on at the same time I am working on the school’s script and personal projects .I am hoping we are going to finish our school project  on time to give us space for our own projects.
SHAMIM ACHIENG
The week was fine fantastic and I had a wonderful experience we are all happy to come up with a script God willing we will finish the project and start our projects.
GABRIELA OPERRE
The week has been very good we want to work on our Kibera Film project and for our personal at least I have an idea of a documentary and a fictional film to look at. I hope for the projects to give out good results.

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TRAINEES WEEKLY REPORT : WEEK 17

WILFRED
The week has been challenging,I have been working hardwith my partner to finish our project and putting our credits.We have also been brainstorming on film school projects.Through the editing I have improved in my editing skills a lot.
   
FAITH
The week has been fine.We had an engaged launch of our TS short films.We also manged to shoot a project for Jacaranda health care for safe motherhood and to me it was a great learning  experience.I love it all.
JOSPHAT
First and for most,the Kibera moja event was a success.Our work was appreciated and that really added passion.As I watched my part in the projects, I saw my self an up coming filmmaker.Im now working to make the next project another success.
SHAMIM
This week started nice.Infact it was a very busy week.First we were invited to Alliance,then we had our screeningsat Goethe,which was wonderfull,fabulous and interesting.Actually I was very happy for visitors.Then we girls had this shooying days.We did it well,and now we are preparingfor our film school project.Thx a lot everyone.
GABRIELA
The week has been busy after the succession of the KIBERA MOJA event on Wednesday,afterwards the female of the school had good experience from a project known as Safe Mother hood,we explored our working talents and having been on groups of two,camerawork was applied greatly and I personally had fun and knew new roles required from a film maker.
G.G .Spice
The week was fine,everything is good, we hope to work in teams on Kibera film school project.
EVANS
My week was fine  with lots of tribulations and contributions.The climax was  when we screened our short films at the Goethe  Instute,which was my great achievement.Thx to all
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VICTOR
The week was fine from the start,we worked to late hours to finish our project for the show I was proud together with the whole school and staff about the show which was the most successful and motitave to both of us.
MARTHA
The week was fine and I really enjoyed the screenings of the short films at the Goethe Instute and I met fellow stars  who really inspired me. Right now am working on the School project and the Safe Mother Hood project.
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TRAINEES WEEKLY REPORT: WEEK 16

          EVANS KAN’GETHE

The week was very challenging because we had to work and rework on our various projects, including the script project. Team work was of high spirit, with my fellow students contributing all their best ideas in making sure that we met the deadlines of the projects. Sharing of different responsibilities for the oncoming Goethe institut screening of our projects,which included calling of the guests, makingposters and flyers and distributing them.

          SHAMIM ACHIENG

The week started nicely and it was a busy week. We were still working on our projects in the fine cuts, making flyers, inviting visitors on our screening at Goethe institut. I ‘ve been working on writing emails, calling the cast, crew, and friends of Hot sun foundation. Am really glad because of some visitors called back, and agree to come. Otherwise everything is doing good. Am ready for the big day.

          FAITH WAVINYA

The week was nice. We were working on our short films and everything is perfect. Inviting visitors and working on the DVD covers.

          WILFERD MASEA

The week has been busy. I have been working on our profect and making of the short films credits with JOSE which has played a big role in my learning and giving me more skills on editing and camera work.

          MARTHA KISAKA

The week has been ok. We have managed to finish our projects. We are working to make kibera moja a success.

          JOHN NGA’RUIYA

Everything is good we were everything is ready for Goethe institut and I hope everything will be successful.

          GABRIELLA OPPERE

The week has been fairly good. We have been busy in making and organising the event. The publishing of the event was fantastic since we had good response from the posters and flyers distribution. The making of the projects to the DVD was made final upto the day of the event and the students were proud of themselves. All in all am eagerly waiting for the eventfull day and hope that the turn out will be successful.

          VICTOR OLUOCH

It has been great and busy, since we were still perfecting our projects for the show at Goethe institut personally, this is going to be a big day for me as uprising film maker so I need no disapointment that’s why am talking my time make a great staff.

          JOSPHAT KEYA

Quite a busy week.Preparations for the KIBERA MOJA event, by finiciaing our shortfilms. Doing the final touches on the film, checking with the visitors espessially the chiefs guests, a good experience for marketing and organization.     


THE SUMMIT ON URBAN ARTS AND YOUTH HELD AT UN HABITAT NAIROBI

UN-Habitat hosted a Summit on Urban Arts and Youth that brought together national and international artists, representatives of arts foundations, the private sector, arts industry and young people active in the arts. The goal of the event was to consult on the contribution the arts make sustainable urban development, specifically in terms of youth empowerment, employment, social cohesion, security, and the strengthening of local urban culture.
Participants provided input into the UN-Habitat’s “Messenger of Truth programme” (MoT) – originally a special designation given to Hip-Hop artists actively engaged in urban issues. The programme was broadened to involve the informing of youth living in slums and inner cities of the Millenium Development Goals through songs and other artistic performances.
Kibera Film School sent three trainees to the summit.
Josphat Keya, John Ngaruiya and Faith Wavinya represented the views of young upcoming filmmakers from Kibera.
We realized that the film industry in Kenya is yet to grow; most participants were amazed to meet us as young upcoming filmmakers especially coming from Kibera.
We learnt that the only way we can help up bring social values, security in the community was producing films that have morals acceptable to the society, in this way we become role models to the others back in the community.
The programme was planned that different small workshops were held with different issues touching on the welfare of artists.
We managed to interact with different personalities in the artistic industry.
We really appreciate the chance given to us to attend such a function and getting to know and relate to other artists outside there.
The programme ended at 8pm with a cocktail party. 

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