May 23, 2011


 A resident of Kibera giving out his views on how the government can revive the economy.

Hon. Ababu Namwamba addressing Kibera residence.
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May 16, 2011


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Stephen Okoth preparing the land ready to plant the flowers during the  general cleaning day at the school.

 Jefferson Oroka, electrician checking the meter box during the general cleaning day at the school

Moses Ouma and Berry Muga both students of Kibera film school carrying garbbage.   

Josephat Keya the project  manager arranging the flower pots inorder. He also urged the students to always keep the school and its environs clean adding that cleanliness is always secondliness to God.

The stuff they don't show you on television

Movie-making is very easy, right? All you do is grab a camera –a phone even- and switch it on, place your target in front of you, make them do something and then mount the footage on YouTube. No budget, really, unless you count the modem or cyber fees for uploading the footage on YouTube. No work, either, right?
You have no idea! Did you know that the drama that goes on behind the scenes could make an entire series on its own? In fact, some Hollywood Cyber sentinel has spotted this blogpost and made a studio call already.
He’s probably saying; “Hello, Mr. Film Director, I just stole this intellectually confounding idea off of the Kibera Film School site, about making a series out of the behind the scenes footage. Really, why didn’t we think of this before?" Seriously, they make serieses out of people staring at potted plants. And those sell!
So, this is the stuff they don’t show you on television and which we are going to show in the new Behind the Scenes series (we see you, idea-stealing Hollywood Cyber Sentinel):
Whenever we shoot around Kibera, we are followed by hordes of curious spectators. These people are so impatient they can’t wait for the movie premiere; they have to watch it on the set. For your own movie-watching safety, don’t talk to these people unless they have ‘Spoiler Alert’ disclaimer labels across their foreheads.
There are those spectators that come to the camera person and demand to be shot too. They say that whatever the cast is doing, they can do better. Serious negotiations begin. Sometimes the serious negotiations don’t stop until there’s a steady pounding of pain in the camera person's head.
Then there are those people who make a steady living out of watching the shooting of films. If you set up the tripod on the grass, you have to pay them. If you look at a goat, you have to pay them. If you breathe the air, you have to pay them. If you ask for directions, you have to pay them. In fact, now that we think about it, that’s such a business plan! We’ll be setting up the tripod and mounting the camera, then paying ourselves for looking at the goats and breathing and stepping on the grass. We won’t have to work another day of our lives!
The paranoid people come flailing hammers and toothpicks because the camera blinked instead of closing its eyes. They ask, “Why is it looking at me like that? What are the camera’s intentions?” So, this is a public service announcement: Our cameras are good people. They aren’t looking at you perversely. They only have good intentions in their hearts.
It can take hours to shoot just one scene. One episode has many scenes, and one season has many episodes. It takes endless standing, hunching under the weight of gruesome equipment, screaming your voice hoarse and bloodying your scalp with razors to bring your favourite show on the screen. Oh wait, there’s also the deafening growls issuing from your neglected stomach.  
It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it. I know, I know, that’s a cliché line. If you know any film or television crew, give them a pat on the back. They deserve it.

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May 7, 2011


Kibera Film School Assistant Trainer Clerence Illavonga showing some of the trainees how to log and capture footages on final cut.

Assistant Trainers Victor Oluoch and Karolin sharing a light moment while reviewing the curriculum on what they will be teaching their class at the beginning of the week.

Kibera Film School Trainee preparing to edit his project.

Some children from the Hotsun Foundation Children's workshop learning how to use a still camera and the were really elated.

Every learning process begins with that first step and thus this child takes a photograph of the other children in the workshop.It was a fun activity for them and their instructor. A new hobby they found, most of them said!

What is a camera? Children's workshop instructor Evans Kangethe seems to be asking the children.

It is always a bee hive of activities even during the weekend at the one and only Film School in Kibera. For every one here every day is a learning process and there is no wasting time in life because every second as the clock ticks counts!

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May 6, 2011

Victor Oluoch receives his certificate.

Hot Sun Foundation staff,Kibera TV and Kibera Film School trainees celebrating the IFFF award.

IFFF certificate.

Victor Oluoch,Kibera Film School trainer/filmmaker says that he is so much exited and thankful to IFFF for giving Kibera Film School a chance to showcase their talent to the world.He also said this is a promising result for the future of  the school. 'Am grateful to Kibera Film School for offering a filmmaking avenue for Kiera youth.'

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Kibera TV crew.

 Kibera TV crew members recording the Stop Malaria Now launch held at Panafric Hotel.
Stop Malaria Now participants.

Filmmakers from Hot Sun Foundation receiving recognition prior to taking part in the production of Stop Malaria Now film and campaign.
Aida Owira assistant trainer receiving a reward.

Kibera Film School trainee receiving a reward.

Kibera TV crew shooting an interview together with the programs manager Kibera Film School.

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The designed DVD cover.

Kibera film school trainees in class learning how to design a DVD cover from their Trainer/school programs manager.

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school activities.

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May 4, 2011

Documentary class with Agnes Hee

Agnes Hee, the TV writer and editor at Korean TV and Radio Writers Association came for her second class with the trainees. She is taking the trainees through the making of a documentary about themselves titled "Who Am I".

To day during her class which she normally uses a projector for her lessons she took the trainees through the stages and skills in interview techniques.

Instructor Agnes Hee taking the student through the skills and stages in interviews by using films with good interviews

Moses, Stephen, Alice and Joseph concentrating watching an interview piece while Agnes watches it on using her laptop.

It's not just a name welcome and learn the art of filmmaking. Our training is hands-on.