>16 March Wed GLOBAL GIVING Matching Day!


To support the great youth of the Kibera Film School, please visit our Global Giving Page
Twelve new trainees at Kibera Film School began classes in February 2011. At Hot Sun Foundation youth from Kibera have the opportunity to learn hands on filmmaking that will make a difference for themselves and their community. 
Hot Sun Foundation has three major programs –  
1. Kibera Film School with hands-on comprehensive film training;  subscribe to   kiberafilmschool.blogspot.com
2. Kibera TV, with community reports every week online, reflecting the community’s concerns;  subscribe to  kiberatv.blogspot.com
3. Hot Sun Film Klubs in primary and secondary schools, to encourage children to watch good films and consider filmmaking.
All of these community filmmaking activities offering hope and opportunities to East African children and youth living in urban slums depend on YOUR support! 
Hot Sun Foundation is in the final year of our foundation grant. To keep our doors open we need YOU!  Please donate at http://www.globalgiving.org/3632
Especially wonderful would be a monthly commitment, no matter how small, that would help keep us going. 
PLEASE Mark your calendars and make a donation on 16 March 2011, Global Giving Matching Day. All contributions will receive an extra 30% matching funds.  www.globalgiving.org/3632
Thanks for all you do!

>Second Graduation Foundation in Filmmaking 29 Jan 2011


Twelve delighted youth plus parents plus community plus chief guest Federico Olivieri from the Spanish Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya celebrated their successful completion of the Foundation in Filmmaking course at Hot Sun Foundaiton.  Congratulations to all!
To support the great youth of the Kibera Film School, please visit our Global Giving Page

>Victor’s Success Story and a Request


I am Victor Oluoch Mmboga, 23years of age.
I moved to Nairobi  in early 2005, hoping to get money from a relative to go to secondary school but it didn’t work out.  I made my living in the informal economy, buying and selling used clothing.  I am a survivor.  

I came to join Hot Sun Foundation in early 2008 after I heard of KIBERA KID a short film which was very famous in Nairobi by then. I wanted to follow up and meet the filmmakers of KIBERA KID but before I made the move, the director Nathan Collett was on one of the local TV stations where he gave out information about Hot Sun Foundation. I searched Kibera until I found Hot Sun Foundation. Someone gave me a camera, although I had never used one.  I started working on the filming the auditions for the feature film TOGETHERNESS SUPREME.  

Today I’m a different person from who I was. Hot Sun has transformed me to a visual and creative storyteller. Now I have a future and I believe I’m on the highway to achieve my dream. I joined Kibera Film School in August 2009 and graduated from the filmmaking foundation course in April 2010.

I love Kibera Film School for it has built others and me skillfully. And as the school continues to grow, many more talented youth in Kibera are going to be discovered and transformed to creative storytellers, too.

I’m the director of one of the fastest growing projects of Hot Sun Foundation -KIBERA TV where we collect daily stories of Kibera and upload them on YouTube and kiberatv.blogspot.com.  KIBERA TV has brought many youth together to learn about filmmaking using Flip cameras and editing techniques. Many organizations have come forward to use KIBERA TV to highlight the community’s stories and outreach.

I hope these two projects, Kibera Film School and Kibera TV,  grow wide and big because these are the vital tools to bring change in Kibera. One of the rhe main challenges we face is adequate equipment. 

Everyone reading my story can help out but donating at www.globalgiviing.org/3632.  

Thank you and my best wishes for the holiday season to all.

To support the great youth of the Kibera Film School, please visit our Global Giving Page

A Message from a Hot Sun Foundation Success Story!

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.

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 http://www.globalgiving.org/3632 or at http://www.globalgiving.co.uk  (Hot Sun Foundation)
2.    Volunteering, especially if you have filmmaking skills. Contact us a info@hotsunfoundation.org 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! 

To support the great youth of the Kibera Film School, please visit our Global Giving Page

Shane Evans plans to visit Hot Sun Foundation and the Kibera Film School

Shane Evans is an African American artist, illustrator, storyteller, who has been visiting Africa for the past three years: Lesotho, Mali and now plans to come to Kenya..to work on storytelling, art, making short films.  He lives and works in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, where he has a great studio space that he share with the community.

Shane’s vision is around dreams… as a starting point for people to tell their stories. We hope that Shane Evans’ will visit to Hot Sun Foundation and work together on our shared dreams.

Find out more about Shane at www.shaneevans.com.  We hope to see Shane SOON at Hot Sun Foundation and the Kibera Film School!

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Hot Sun Foundation NEWSLETTER in pdf

 Just out!

Hot Sun Foundation newsletter available in pdf.

For your own copy, send an email to info@hotsunfoundation.org.

GlobalGiving.org/3632 is 16 JUNE 2010.

Help bring the Kibera feature film, TOGETHERNESS SUPREME, to every town and village in Kenya to build peace!

Make a contribution on 16 June 2010 at http://www.globalgiving.org/3632

Or in the UK go to http://www.globalgiving.co.uk
Look for us in the AFRICA section.

Thanks for all you do!  

To support the great youth of the Kibera Film School, please visit our Global Giving Page

MORE on Kibera Film School Graduation 27 March 2010

 Photos:  Top: Paul Dziatkowiec congratulates Josphat Keya
               Middle: Martha Kisaka accepts award for BEST OVERALL
               Bottom:  Kibera Film School Graduates Celebrate! 
With a welcoming banner over the entranceway, friends, family and guests joined the joyful graduates at the Hot Sun Foundation Gala, 27 March 2010 at Olympic, in Kibera.  The celebration honoured the first group of Kibera youth trainees who successfully completed the seven-month Kibera Film School Foundation course in Filmmaking.  Kibera Film School is unique in being located in east Africa’s largest slum and working with local youth to tell their stories on film. 
Guest of honour, Paul Dziatkowiec Deputy High Commissioner of the Australian High Commission, Australia, gave the opening speech which inspired the graduates to pursue the vision of Hot Sun Foundation of social transformation through art and media.  Master of Ceremony, John Ngaruiya, himself a graduate, spoke of the early days of Hot Sun Films/Foundation, when a group of Kibera youth sat on boxes in a small courtyard in Kibera to work on film scripts. 
Hot Sun Foundation trustees Nathan Collett, Pamela Collett, and Mercy Murugi spoke of the future plans for Kibera Film School to become a centre of film training and production.  Mercy noted that four Kibera youth have been nominated for the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) for their roles in the Kibera feature film, TOGETHERNESS SUPREME: Martha Kisaka for most promising actress, Wilson Maina for most promising actor, Billy Oloo and Teddy Onyango for best child actors.  All are from Kibera.  None had acted before their starring roles in TOGETHERNESS SUPREME, which was nominated for best film in an African language. **
Graduate Martha Kisaka, who also had the lead female role in TOGETHERNESS SUPREME was awarded the Overall Best in Narrative and Documentary Film in the Kibera Film School competition, judged by three professionals in the Kenyan  film and media industry.
One of the highlights of the ceremony was when parents who were present came forward to congratulate their daughters and sons.  One father had wanted his son  Josphat Keya to become an electrician and was doubtful about filmmaking, but now is very proud and delighted that his son is following his passion. 
** Since the writing of this post (which somehow got misplaced and wasn’t posted in a timely fashion), TOGETHERNESS SUPREME won two awards at the  AMAA held in Nigeria:  Most Promising Actor and Best Child Actors.  Producer Mercy Murugi and actress Martha Kisaka attended the ceremonies and accepted the awards on behalf of Hot Sun Films. To support the great youth of the Kibera Film School, please visit our Global Giving Page

MARTHA Kisaka NOMINATED Most Promising Actress!

 My name is Martha Kisaka. I am 23 years old.  I grew up in a community, known as East Africa’s largest slum – Kibera. I grew up in a community where girls talk constantly about boyfriends and babies.

My mother inspired me to be different. Despite severe hardships, she never sold illicit brew like so many very desperate women in Kibera. My mother taught me to work hard to be who I want to be.

So here I am. A young woman in Kibera, an aspiring actress and filmmaker. Who has just been nominated by the African Movie Academy Awards for “Most Promising Actress.

How do I feel?  Amazed, surprised, delighted, excited… being nominated for such an award was something that happened to other people. I only read about it in magazines or saw it on TV.  

I play the lead female role in the Kibera feature film TOGETHERNESS SUPREME.  This is my first movie.  TOGETHERNESS SUPREME is very close to me and other youth in Kibera who suffered so much during the 2007 post election violence in Kenya.  I am proud to be part of a film that is working for peace and reconciliation.

The African Film Academy Awards will be held in Nigeria on 10 April 2010.  I want to be there to represent young African women actresses and filmmakers. I want to be there to represent the youth of Kibera, a neglected slum community. I want to be there to represent Kenya.  I want to be there to represent TOGETHERNESS SUPREME – a film that can make a difference.

I need your support.  You can make a contribution online by going to http://www.buykiberakid.com. Go to the DONATE page and look for me, Martha Kisaka.  Every amount will get me closer to Nigeria.  

With your support, I will be a step closer to my dream of becoming a filmmaker making films that will not just entertain but also educate. Thank you.  

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Trainees successfully complete Kibera Film School Foundation Course!

To receive a certificate of completion of the KIBERA FILM SCHOOL foundation course, all trainees completed two projects: a short fictional film and a short documentary, about a Kibera community organization.
The KIBERA FILM SCHOOL trainees overcame many challenges, including power outages, hard drive failure, volunteer actors not showing up for the filming, problems with sound and lighting, and moving to a new office and training centre in January 2010, that is still being renovated and repaired two months later.  
CNN followed the trainees around one day while they were working on their projects.  You can view them on http://bit.ly/bibpUb
ON Tuesday MARCH 16 2010, YOUR DONATION on GLOBAL GIVING will be matched by 30%! Mark the date and support the youth of the Kibera Film School. 
ON  Tuesday 16 MARCH 2010 visit our Global Giving Page

University of Minnesota visits KIBERA FILM SCHOOL!

 University of Minnesota

On Tuesday 2 February 2010, Kibera Film School was more than delighted to welcome a large delegation of administrators from the University of Minnesota USA.  Their visit to Kibera demonstrated the commitment of the University of Minnesota to actively engage in the fostering international exchange and understanding. What a pleasure to have the opportunity to be 
 together and share some of our work here in Kibera. 
Many thanks to: Prof. Barcelo, Prof Mohamud Jama, Andy Furco, Missy Peterson, BJ  Titus, Martha Johnson, Robert J Jones, Cathy Huber, Abdul Aziz Coleman, Don Amundson, Meredith McQuaid  and Simon Sakudah.

We look forward to sharing our films with you in Minnesota!  Keep in touch!

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 On Wednesday, 27 Jan 2010, the CNN television crew, headed by David  McKenzie,followed us through Kibera to the location where the  Kibera Film School trainees  were filming a scene for a short fictional film.  

A member of the  CNN crew commented that she was impressed by the technical competence of the Kibera Film School trainees.  She noted that other film schools in Kenya generally are theoretical offering little hands-on experience.  (photo: DAvid McKenzie, CNN correspondent, Josphat Keya and Evans Kangethe, Kibera Film School with another member of the CNN team)

It was a moment of joy for the Kibera Film School trainees as they were happy that they were to be viewed worldwide on what they are doing at school, their aims and ambitions. CNN’s visit will bring welcome publicity  that will show the world that the youth from the slums are exposing their talents through media and art.

The segment aired on CNN prime in the USA on Saturday 30 Jan 2010.
on CNN Prime. here is the transcript… http://tinyurl.com/yg4aqb5


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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

Kibera Film School featured on AFRICA RISING!

On Thursday, the film crew from Africa Rising visited the Kibera Film School to do a feature on the school. Africa Rising is a lifestyle show that is aired on Digital Satellite Television (DSTV) across Africa by M-Net on their new channel, Africa Magic Plus. Africa Rising airs from Monday to Friday at 9.00am with repeats at 6.00pm and has a reach of over six (6) million viewers; focusing on seven (7) Eastern African countries namely, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan and Ethiopia.
We are delighted that KIBERA FILM SCHOOL will be featured on Africa Rising! Watch for it!

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Celebrating our new MAC BOOK PRO donated by APPLE!

Kibera Film School trainees celebrate our brand new, sleek, powerful, beautiful Mac Book PRO computer, donated by APPLE! We use MAC and Final Cut Pro to make all of our films. Now we will work even better and faster! Thanks to Alexandria Jackson, at the University of California Berkeley who visited us in July, for helping us make the connection. Thanks APPLE for a great product and a very useful and needed gift!


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Kibera Film School WEEK 1

Week one was a tremendous success, despite the challenges of three days without electricity and water! Through spirited teamwork, the Kibera youth trainees supported and inspired each other.

Trainees at KIBERA FILM SCHOOL are the leaders and role models for a future of peace and reconciliation. Congratulations to everyone involved in the KIBERA FILM SCHOOL! Thanks to all current and future supporters. Watch for our upcoming fundraising on Global Giving website. 

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Instructors, trainees, staff celebrate the GRAND OPENING of the KIBERA FILM SCHOOL 3 August 2009! First film school of its kind in Kenya.. Follow our progress! We are doing it!
Join us! Watch for our fundraising drive on Global Giving…coming soon! Follow us on twitter.com/hotsunfilms. 
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