Thursday, April 24, 2008
On Tuesday April 22, 2008, Earth Day, three films produced by Hot Sun Films were enthusiastically praised by participants at the Beijing International Peace Vigil meeting. 25 people from many different countries were stimulated to ask questions about life in Kibera, Lamu and Somalia after viewing KIBERA KID, SUBIRA and CHARCOAL TRAFFIC. They enjoyed the films and congratulated the filmmakers on the excellent quality of the films. One young German commented that he knew very little about Africa and that viewing the films was a wonderful learning opportunity for him. An Australian woman said the films were very important for understanding the lives of people in east Africa. A woman from England praised Hot Sun Films for working with slum youth in Africa offering them possibilities for social and cultural participation.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Kibera Hip Hop Film Fest
Peace and Conflict:
THE WAY FORWARD
Seven days of films and discussion in Kibera.
Posing questions, Challenging assumptions, Promoting understanding
Hot Sun Foundation in conjunction with Hot Sun Films, will show outstanding and informative films from around the world in video halls throughout Kibera from Saturday April 26 to Friday May 2nd. Amongst the films will be the award winning short films KIBERA KID and SUBIRA as well as films produced by the youth of Kibera.
We showcase films from urban environments in the USA and around the world to see the global challenges faced by slum and ghetto dwellers everywhere. Many films will be shown in Kenya for the first time, including BASTARDS OF THE PARTY, about alternatives to gang life in Los Angeles California, and GRIND AND GLORY, about aspiring hip hop stars from the ghettos of Oakland California. The Kibera HIP HOP FILM FEST offers an opportunity for ongoing community dialogue about values, culture, and identities and how we can live together in peace and harmony.
All screenings will be FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. In addition to free film screenings, Hot Sun Foundation facilitators will encourage filmgoers to discuss what they watch and how it applies to their lives during discussions following some of the screenings.
The Free Film Screenings will be held daily at video halls throughout Kibera from 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday April 26 to Friday April May 2nd.
We invite your participation and support!
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Second Annual Kibera HIP HOP FILM FEST is sponsored by Hot Sun Foundation, Hot Sun Films, and the Cultural Affairs section of the United States Embassy in Nairobi.
The award winning short film, Subira, shot in Lamu, has been a big sucess in Belgium. Audiences thought it was the best short film from east Africa.
Subira was screened in Brussels Vendrome Cinema on April 19 and in Luvern a small city next to Brussels. Congrats to writer-director Ravneet "Sippy" Chadha and all who made Subira!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
SUBIRA, written and directed by Ravneet “Sippy” Chadha, is showing in various film festivals around the world, including Short Film Corner (Cannes) BROOKYN ART FESTIVAL (New York), Rwanda Film Festival, Ziff(Tanzania), Amakula(Uganda), SOROP festival in Japan, Osian film festival, New Delhi, India and Cyprus film festival. Subira has been selected by Africalia in Brussels Belgium as part of an East Africa short films DVD to be launched in April 2008. Congratulations to Sippy and also to Nathan, Goddy and everyone who worked on SUBIRA!