Groundwork: What it is.
Directed towards: students, actors, youth & adults. Exposing: youth, children, and adults to new ideas through community film screenings and large open-air screenings to crowds of hundreds in the slums. Includes; writing, camerawork, music, painting, and visual art, with journalists, editors and producers.
• In August 2009 they started the innovative, hands-on, first ever Kibera Film School where trainees learn all aspects of filmmaking from script, acting, casting, camera, production, editing, and distribution. Professionals from the Kenyan film and TV ind¬ustry work as instructors in the school.
• Focus on: Education, talent development, & training
“I feel like I can edit now:
“I can write a story…tell a story”
“Joining the film school has been a turning point in my life”
“...coming up with something the community can relate to.”
“We need support.”
-Voice of Kibera
- Future, change, support, eyes, creativity
Fun music—hip hop
Films: fiction and documentary
Romeo & Juliet –like love story with hustler, artist & a preacher’s daughter
• Challenges of poverty, unemployment, crime and lack of basic human rights.
• Collaboration with Kiberia’s youth 3 years ago
• Watch the Trailer!
Kibera Kid , 2005 (Started the Hot Sun Foundation Hot Sun Films 2004)
• Watch the Trailer!
Groundwork: What it can be.
Those who participate in the Kibera Film School and those who produce Kibera TV, all desire to make Kibera a better place by providing a future to the youth through education and community exposure. In collaboration with the Hot Sun Foundation, they are able to not only broadcast within their community, but also share Kibera with the world.
After watching many of the clips, both on the Hot Sun Foundation website and the Kibera TV blog and some searching, I gathered that among the 40 different ethnic languages spoken in Kenya, Kiberans speak Enlish, Swahili and are also known for Nubi (a form of Arabic Creole). As I develop different ideas for my 15 seconds, considering that the audience is multilingual will place more emphasis on my imagery rather than voice or text.
Kibera TV is publicized within the community of Kibera to educate and inform the inhabitants through broadcast television. Hot Sun Foundation made it possible for them to produce two feature films developed entirely by student collaboration in writing, acting, filming and editing. I would be creating a short clip that would be broadcast in the community alongside Kibera TV news.
The website referred to the youth’s interest in hip-hop music and reiterated this by using it in their short clips describing the Hot Sun Foundation, the film school and students. I have decided to choose against showing images from Kibera on the basis that 1) this is my audience’s home--I should build something else from it. I would like to be able to only take inspiration from images of the town and focus on creating something new by means other than photography (illustration). In addition to this, their footage includes clips from Kibera. I would like to add visual contrast to the viewer by creating something new (this could mean illustration or graphics?). At this point, I would like to work a mosaic. Looking at photographs from Kibera, the town is full of color that I would like to join to make one larger "picture". A visual demonstration of Kibera TV's ability to create something new (change) from within their community.
Those who believe in what Kibera can be through broadcast, community exposure made possible by the collaboration of different skills such as; writing, camerawork, music, painting, visual art and other creative talents. Specifically, those who are willing to use their creative abilities to develop a positive change within their community. I need to inspire my audience to inspire their community.
1. Values and identity (purpose, relevant beliefs, sense of belonging): To make Kibera a better place through Kibera TV and the Hot Sun Foundation’s Film School
2. Visual symbolic codes: Footage, photographs of faces = primary interest is the people and students themselves.
3. Communications styles based on language and speech: multilingual with various levels of education
4. Preferred media and distribution channels of communication: videos, films, stories, theater, music