SLUM FILM FESTIVAL 2014 REVIEW
The 2014 Slum Film Festival closed on the 11th October 2014 after 4 days of film makers training workshops at Alliance Francaise from the 30th September to 3rd October and 4 days of screenings in Mathare, Kibera and Kawangware from the 7th to the 10th October 2014. Twenty three budding film makers congregated at Alliance Franciase for four days to learn from experienced film makers who acted as mentors. They learnt film maker’s techniques on subjects spanning script writing, production, acting for screen, cinematography and distribution and social media. The 4th Edition of the Slum Film Festival was launched on the 29th September to 11th October 2014.
In the last 3 Editions, Slum Film Festival has become an important annual event for the promotion of cinema and filmmaking in Kibera and Mathare, Nairobi’s biggest informal settlements. This year’s the festival is reached out to Kawangware slums and added three more partners – Mwelu Foundation, media 234 and Kenya Film Commission besides Slum TV and Hot Sun Foundation.
Director and actor Gilbert Lukalia taking the class through a directing workshop
Whilst the event does not aim at legitimizing the existence of informal human settlements, the festival seeks to raise public attention and change people’s perceptions about these urban spaces and the people who live in them. The partners of the festival strongly believe that films and the arts represent one of the most powerful tools to achieve these goals while spreading values through culture.
More than 25, 000 people have attended some of the SFF’s activities and screenings in the event’s first 3 editions between 2011 and 2013; now an international film Festival, it boasts to have dedicated to the promotion of stories from, by, and about people living in urban slums everywhere. Indeed in 2013, the organizers of the festival expanded the festival’s reach to represent stories from informal settlements from all over the African continent and even received entries from the Indian Sub-continent.
Actor and Casting Director Gerald Langiri, talking about acting and casting.
“The event has this year transitioned into an independent organization, whose goal is to develop a network of partnerships with slum-based media production groups, organizing screenings and events across Africa’s informal settlements, promoting and sharing slum stories, and becoming a key network for the distribution of films made by and about slum communities” observed Josphat Keya, the Festival Director.
We are grateful to our supporting partners for their involvement and engagement with this initiative; that is Amici del Mondo – World Friends, Embassy of Spain, Africalia and the Kenya Film Commission” observed Pauline Kahura, Program Manager of the Hotsun Foundation.
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