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Filmmakers Making A Difference In Africa

November 11, 2009

I’m always on the lookout for great stories about how filmmakers are making a difference in communities, especially in the developing world. I found this article today from East Africa:

As part of the continuing series on African Filmmaking, we look at a film that’s made acclaim in both filmmaking and development in Nairobi’s Kibera Slum.

ukwelii.wordpress.com, ukwelii, Oct 2009

What kinds of ideas does an article like this stir up in your mind? What if part of our lives is focused on helping others tell their stories and empowering others through our gifts and experiences? Can we make that a priority?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. ukwelii permalink
    November 13, 2009 6:05 am

    Thanks so much!

    I’ll be sure to let you know about how things are going and the different films I put up.

    You can have a look at my first film – a comedic short film – Dawa – the trailer’s available on Youtube in HD here – http://bit.ly/dawathefilm and let me know what you think.

    I really appreciate the mention here.

  2. December 21, 2009 8:17 am

    When I went to Kibera, it was to produce the film Togetherness Supreme and leave. I knew i wanted to get involved in sharing the knowledge i had with the Kibera community, I just did not expect making it a full time thing! Now, this Hot Sun Foundation and Hot Sun Films have become part of my life. I now know what I was born to do…sounds corny, i know.

    Yes, we can make it a priority! It does not have to be a full time thing like i, but it could be a few hours of your time. You have no idea how excited the film students at the Kibera Film School get when a visiting filmmaker takes time to cat with them about filmmaking. An hour of sharing with them makes a huge difference. Sometimes, they ask questions to filmmakers that leave them speechless. I’ve heard a few respond… ‘I never thought about that, what a great idea. or ‘ come to think of it, that does make more sense. Its not all about what you end up giving to them in the end, it also what you take away from them. And everyday, they teach me something new, and most of the time, its non-film. its about life, about humanity.

    Mercy M
    Producer, Togetherness Supreme
    Co-owner, Hot Sun Films

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