It was a cold chilly Wednesday morning when I joined kibera film school as a student. Just before pushing the gate I remembered when I came for the graduation ceremony a few months ago, and how I envied the grandaunts in their gowns, each of their faces beaming with pride, joy and a certain determination smile ready for the world. And now my time has come.
With a long sigh I pushed the gate and went to the reception area where I met Aida the main coordinator of K.F.S. Aida is a strong warm hearted woman who is always ready to assist anyhow, with no time to waste she led me to my class introduced me and as she left she pated my back perhaps it was her way of saying good luck.
In class I got acquainted with the other students, there are seven students and each of them has a passion for the film industry, highly positive charged people who make studying a simple and fun yet constantly motivating one another.
On this morning we were being taught how to use different equipment by our videography trainer, who took time in explaining and showing how to correctly mount a camera onto a tripod, how to connect mac minis. Each time one of us does something wrong during the practical trainer will ask us to re-do the procedure again till each one of us got it right.
That afternoon started off the “Social Wednesdays” by Mrs. Pamela Collett who is a founder and a trustee of the K.F.S. Pamela teaches us on the importance of social networking and the benefits of networking if done correctly.
My script writer teacher Miss Flo is a soft-spoken woman who loves writing. Her style of teaching is modern and makes the lessons interesting by explaining to us using examples of the latest films. She encourages us to not just watch a film but take a keen interest on how each sequence relates to one another, and there importance in making it a successful film.
The Hot Sun Foundation where Kibera Film School is located also has Kibera TV an online TV station. I get to interact with the staffs that always have wise words to pass on. K.F.S has taught me how to stay focused, rubbing off the attitude of a well rounded person who is destined to be a winner. Each day in K.F.S I get to learn something new and practical lessons which would be hard for me to forget.
Maria Wambui the writer with fellow trainee Matu at the reception