Sunday, July 20, 2008

Charcoal Traffic in Ten International Film Festivals

CHARCOAL TRAFFIC, a short fictional film about two brothers caught in a devastating cycle of environmental and cultural devastation, shot in Somalia with an all local cast, directed by Nathan Collett, assisted by Goddy Ojiambo, is an official selection in the following international film festivals:
• New Beijing International Film Week, China, June 1- 8, 2008
• Leith International Short Film Festival, June 2-8, 2008 Edinburgh Scotland
• Shoot Me Film Festival 16 – 22 June 2008, The Hague, Netherlands
• Greening the Beige, Environmental Festival, 8 & 16 July 2008, Beijing, China
• Durban International Film Festival, South Africa, 23 July to 3 August 2008
• Canterbury Short Film Festival, 7-10 July 2008, Christchurch, New Zealand
• Badhan, Somalia, Community groups discussion of environmental effects of charcoal
• International Competition, the Lenola Film Festival, Italy
• Palm Springs International Short Fest, 21-27 August, 2008, California, USA
• Short Film Official Competition of the Festival International du Film
d'Environnement November 19-25 2008, Paris France.

CHARCOAL TRAFFIC official selection Palm Springs California

CHARCOAL TRAFFIC, has been selected for presentation in the official line-up of the 14th Annual Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films (August 21-27, 2008),California, USA, as well as a featured film in the Festival’s Short Film Market. Visit for more information.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Charcoal Traffic shown again in Beijing China

CHARCOAL TRAFFIC and another short video, filmed by Hot Sun Films in Somalia, ME AND MY SOLAR COOKER, were featured at the environmental Greening the Beige Festival, 8 July 2008 held at the Stoneboat bar in Beijing, China . The venue was jammed with over 70 people present. James Lindsay, co-producer of CHARCOAL TRAFFIC answered many questions about the film, Somalia, and solar cookers as an alternative to using charcoal for household cooking.

CHARCOAL TRAFFIC selected for Environmental Film Fest in Paris France!

We are delighted and honoured to announce the selection of your film Charcoal Traffic in the Short Film Official Competition of the Festival International du Film d'Environnement 2008, which will take place in November 2008 (19 until 25) at the Cinema La Pagode in Paris. We were touched and deeply interested by your strong film.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Kids in India watch KIBERA KID!

More than 30,000 children from all over India will have the opportunity to see The KIBERA KID short film at the World Kids International Film Festival 2008 to be held in New Delhi, 25th to 31st of July.

WorldKids Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated towards the promotion of ‘entertainment with a purpose’. WorldKids Foundation’s vision is to expose Indian children to world cultures and traditions as well as encourage critical thinking on social and environmental issues.

We are pleased to join with WORLD KIDS FOUNDATION in their vision to bring together children and youth through media! Visit for more information!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Read about KIBERA KID feature film project

From "A Love Story Conquers Tribal War"
by Matt Brown in THE NATIONAL, UAE, June 29, 2008
...(The) feature film, which will be shot entirely in Kibera with actors from the slum, will be about two kids from different tribes whose friendship is strained by Kenya’s tribal conflict.

A group of Kibera writers is helping Mr Collett draft the script for the (Kibera Kid) feature film. The group meets weekly to brainstorm ideas and give Mr Collett feedback on the script.Mr Collett hopes to start filming in November and is looking for funding.

Evans Kangethe, one writer, recently moved back to Kibera from a displacement camp. Machete-wielding youths chased him from his home and took everything he owned. Now he is putting his experiences down on paper, telling the world what he went through.

“Actually it was hell,” Mr Kangethe said. “When I come here and I am around other writers, I gather more ideas. When we meet, I find it so healthy.”
Read the entire story about the Kibera Kid Street Theatre and the feature film on

KIBERA KID short film available on CAACHI

CHECK IT OUT today! KIBERA KID, CHARCOAL TRAFFIC and LIFE FORCES available as downloads on All proceeds go to support the work of Hot Sun Foundation in Kibera.