Monday, August 30, 2010

Kibera TV: Process & More Research

15 second storyboard: I would like to approach explaining Kibera TV and the different skills that they need as "building blocks" that make a difference in their community and, in turn, the world.

9 Blocks:
1. writers-script
2. actors
3. musicians
4. producers
5. casting
6. editors
7. camerawork/filming
8. Distribution
9. Visual artists (painters, designers, etc)

Some of my thoughts:

More Research from Pamela Collett:
She also mentioned that she is going to ask the youth to receive more complete answers.

1. What specific types of music do many of the students at the film school listen to? From the website, we gathered the emphasis on hip hop, but are there any specific kinds or artists?

Will enquire…there is also reggae and mixtures of traditional music like Ohangla.. More later

2. What is the family life like among the youth, specifically high school age?
Varied.. some have made their own “intentional” families living together with siblings (no parents), or friends (sometimes old friends, sometimes a mixture of people who just decide to stick together, can even be from different tribes), sometimes with original parents, more often with father and step mother (sometimes problematic)… usually little or no financial support form parents.. May live with grandmother… or have grown up with grandmother in village and came to Kibera looking for a better life.

3. What other schools can be found in Kibera (public, private?)
There are few government (public) schools for such a large population… and no real technical training institutions or education beyond secondary. Most youth do not complete secondary education. Many never start. The government just changed the policy to make secondary education “free” but there are not enough schools, teachers, facilities and youth must still pay school fees, uniform, books, supplies, etc. plus of course they are not earning while studying so someone must support them. Most families cannot.
There are a wide range of small private schools, trying to fill the gap, particularly from preschool through middle school. Most are fee paying. Some are self supporting, some get funds from church groups.
There are schools attached to orphanages, usually church sponsored.

4. Has the community shown specific instances of positive change due to Kibera TV?
Recently a group of youth (I don’t have the numbers) who could not get entrance into Kibera Film School (limited numbers) have joined Kibera TV and learning as they go. I can get quotes from them. They are very excited about the opportunities of learning and doing something with their lives.

5. After graduating from the film school, where/what do those students that do not work with Kibera TV go/do? Do they; leave, help the community through film in other areas, use the skills they learned to find jobs?
Some have gotten other jobs: one a full time job as assistant editor at a local TV program,
Others have gotten short term employment. Others are working with Hot Sun Foundation as trainers at the Kibera Film School and producers at Kibera TV.

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