Kibera Kwa Wakenya

An initiative of Kibera Film School and Hotsun Foundation together with other youth groups in Kibera such us Jah Army,YGB (young black and gifted). Today the students sacrificed their class time to get out and reach to the community on behalf of their brothers and sisters in Turkana who are dying from starvation. Wait a minute,if you though Kibera could not donate then you thought wrong!

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The Flying Kites and Good Makers Shoot.

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The documentary film shooting going on in Nairobi Kenya, a collaboration between the non-profit film production company GoodMakers Films from LA, Flying Kites, and Hot Sun Films/foundation. Children and youth from 5 Oasis Member Homes (including 2 in Kibera) have been selected to participate in creative workshops, led by 2008 Malta Guinness Pan African Street Dance champions Dashy Krew and the GoodMakers Street Team, with the goal of fostering self empowerment, creative expression, and giving a voice to orphaned and vulnerable children from Nairobi. On August 20th, the children will perform on stage at the Oasis Festival, a huge live music event to be held in Kibera. Some of Kenya’s biggest pop stars including Jimmy Gait, Daddy Owen, Emmy Kosgei, Eric Omondi, and Dashy Krew will be performing. This is the spirit of team building! Join us.

Pomp And Colour On The Final Day Of The Slum Film Festival.

A great day it was indeed! The crowd surged and by 3.00pm the Kamukunji grounds were full of people from all walks of life coming together to celebrate a great day in the slums history in regards to the film industry. History was created here. The Festival was a huge,huge success and without the support of the local community we would not have made it possible. We give back our gratitude and say thank you for your overwhelming support. We also want to thank the Spanish Embassy,Slum Tv,Nairobi Art Center…. Your support has been evident through partnering with us and combining efforts to change the slums through the lens and giving it a voice. Thats what this event was all about and still will be about.

For a while now Hotsun foundation has been giving the youth of the slums a voice and a platform to showcase their creativity through media and arts and the have been able to transform many. The slum Film Festival is just but a tip of the iceberg of better things that are yet to come and judging from the turn out Slum Film Festival Entertained and changed many perceptions about slums. This was a slum event.


Section of the ecstatic crowd.

Baba Guston a local reggea artist entertaining the crowd.

Chief Guest,The spanish cultural attachee Federico Olivieri arriving together with other guests.

The Kuruka Maisha Acrobats entertain the crowd. This is what they do best,ACROBATICS!

Jubilant Kibera Film School Students at the venue of the Film Festival. Some of their films were screened to the thousands of audiences who turned up for the event that lasted for a total of 10 days.

The DJ setting up the pace of the festival. Trust me he enchanted the crowd leaving them yearning for more.

The Spanish Embassy cultural attache addresses the jubilant crowd.

Mercy Murugi,Kibera Film School director talks about the future of Slum Film Festival,her expectations and Hopes. The future could just be bright!!

Performing a jig for the hard earned certificate! One of the participants could not hold back his joy upon receiving his certificate. It was worth the energy.

The workshop facilitators were not left behind too. All the hard work,effort and time they put in this project was recognized in the form of a certificate.

Pomp,colour,style,swag….. you name it,it characterized the Festival and here at Hotsun as it is with our motto we do it to perfection and style! We lead the way.

Judging from the entire Festival,the jubilant and thrilled crowds, The Slum Film Festival Is here to stay and will conclude by saying let us meet next year. Be a part of this Phenomenal and unstoppable force that will touch the lives of many a soul! Long Live Slum Film Festival!


The previous week and this week has been full of activities here in Kibera Film School and hotsun foundation. This is the week that saw the Film Festival workshops began and then followed by the screenings at the Kamukunji grounds in Kibera. It was pomp and colour as the event began on high spirits from both the guests and the hosts. In this case the hosts being Kibera Film School and Hotsun Foundation.

Day 1 of the workshop

The Participants were thrilled to be part of the 3 day workshop.

A section of the workshop participants sharing.

Guest tutor Jules,an actress from hollywood takes the students through a rigorous exercise of story building.

Keen participants ready to grasp every detail they could absorb.

Learning appears to be fun for these new students in the film industry.

Day 2 workshop

After the participants were taken through the steps of developing a story they were on their own trying to come up with wonderful story ideas that they would use for their 1 minute fiction story.

Group ! brainstorming on their story idea.

The smile on the face pf group two says that they now got it!

The participants getting feedback from one of the instructors standing by.

I think we got it! Group one seems to have discovered what makes a good story.

Discussing their way forward!


The mood of the crowd that kept swelling by the minute was jubilant.It was pomp,colour and style the first ever Slum film festival was launched on Tuesday the 10th of August 2011. Several artist curtain raised the event enchanting the crowd.

Some of the Kibera Hamlets Acrobats in action. Breath taking! KIbera got diverse talents.

Getting the screen ready for its required purpose needs nothing than team work and It took combined effort of all to get it up. Here its always about teamwork.

A section of the crowd that turned for this one of a kind event.

A Kibera Tv journalist running to capture the action as it happens in real time. Kibera Tv the home of Kibera, In the heart of Kibera.

Some of the spectators marveled at the wonders of Kibera in regards to talent.

Getting the Projector ready. In film,this is what matters! why we and they are gathered here today.

Wonders of Kibera! We call it home.

Poetry at its best!

Indeed film is transforming the lives of many throughout the slum. Not only the youth but the old and children. Film delivers a powerful message. The main aim of the Slum Film Festival is to transform and spread the need of peace and unity in this once torn region. We are getting there. Watch this space for more updates on what is cutting down here in KIBERA!

Slum Film Festival

Today the Slum Film Festival was launched. It is a pilot film festival that will focus on the films made by and about the slums. This pilot project will focus on the images around the slums around Nairobi with the vision of expansion to include films from around the world in the future editions. The workshop will officially kick off on 6th August 2011 and will run through to the 23rd of the same month. It will start with workshops that will give the participants a thorough and intensive course in filmmaking and screenings of the projects created there after. The application forms can be picked at the Hotsun foundation offices and its open for young people between the ages of 18yrs-30yrs.

There are plenty of reasons why a public film event in the slums can become a positive initiative for the slums and its artists. These event seeks to raise more public attention while changing the people’s perspective towards these spaces and the people who live in these areas.

The film event can become a platform for the film scene of the slums to reach both International and local film festival circuit and facilitate broader opportunities for the filmmakers in these areas.

This film event can be used to spread a different and more realistic picture of the slums. Generally, the slums are related to health issues,environmental issues, social issues,etc and the slum film festival seeks to demonstrate that together,this critical conditions can be denounced and slums are also home to very talented, creative and culturally active actors.

This film festival could help shift the perception of slums as spaces for the film industry as locations but as a center of productions or the producer of the story. This would allow more actors and directors to work together and to create bigger synergies for the development of the local cultural industry.

This event could also be a magnet for media attention while changing media discourse about slum realities. The media presence can also allow mainstream media to acknowledge the presence of smaller slum based content producers such as Kibera TV and Slum TV in the process promoting new partnerships.

The Slum Film Festival is a joint project of the Spanish Embassy(Kenya),Hotsun Foundation,Slum TV,AECID (Spanish Agency Of International Cooperation) in collaboration with the Nairobi Art Center.

Changing our beliefs system is central to making any real and lasting change and thus why we are trying to change the picture and perception of the slum through social transformation through media and arts.

A section of Kibera Slum

Kibera Film School Fresh Classes Begins Monday 8th August 2011

It has been a busy week for us at the Film School the last week. There had been a lot of activities going on and among them was the interview panel had just sat to begin it’s work for selecting the next candidates for the school.

Part of the judges who were interviewing the candidates who are to be the next proud Kibera Film School scholarship program, Wanjiru Kinyanjui,Extreme right and Kevin Machimbo.

Meet the three judges, Wanjiru Kinyanjui, Kevin Machimbo and Wilfred Masea,performing an interview for one of the candidates.

Some of the candidates waiting to get into the interview room. You could tell there was too much tension and anxiety. Don’t worry it’s just a process of life. It will be fine.

Tough looking judge Wilfred Masea seems to be needing answers. “So tell me why you need this chance?”
Tic Toc!

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