African Spelling Book

African Spelling BookCURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK The African Spelling Book is a compilation of twenty 3 minute films made by a group of street children living in Nairobi, Kenya. The film is inspired by stories written by the children. Each story reflects their view of life in Kenya, and gives the viewer a unique chance to explore their world and their point of view. The viewer's preconceived ideas of Africa are challenged by the children's take on life.

Africa is in turn portrayed as tragic, comic, beautiful, vital, but above all, dignified. The African Spelling Book was made with about eighty street boys and girls living in Nairobi's suburbs that were trained in the use of video cameras. Starting from themes chosen by the children using the letters of the alphabet, twenty short films were developed shot and edited by the children themselves with the help of a professional film director and crew. Films within the African Spelling book include: â??Bâ?? for beautyâ?¦ which one girl finds in a local café; â??Fâ?? for father, which explores a turbulent relationship between a family and their patriarch; and â??Tâ?? for tradition which portrays a girl and her elderly grandmother debating female circumcision. African Spelling Book is in turns surprising, funny, sad and insightful.

(Running Time 60 minutes) (for private viewing only)

Kshs Price: 1500
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Baba Mandela

Baba MandelaCURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK Kevin Kariuki is 10 year old boy who lives on the streets of Kibera, East Africaâ??s biggest slum. He has never left the city, but in this movie he narrates his experience as he visits communities whose livelihood are destroying the very resources on which they depend for survival.

In his travels through Kenya, Kevin also meets some people who are trying to reverse the cycle of poor health and environment damage. Kevinâ??s experience is crystallized into a letter that he writes to Mandela. Baba Mandela will take you through the Nairobi slums, rural Kibwezi, Mt. Kenya, Lake Victoria and through the burning issues affecting Kenya in just 50 minutes.

(Running Time 55 minutes) (for private viewing only)

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Big Brother AIDS

Big Brother AIDSCURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK In 2003 the first continental experiment of Big Brother Africa attracted over 30 million viewers and became the greatest success in the history of African television. While the reality show dominated television and the press in Kampala, Uganda's chaotic and vivacious capital, another realer and more silent big brother roamed the city: the AIDS virus. "We have seen so many people die, relatives, friends, neighbours", says Sanyu Nikinzi, a radio host whose programme is entirely dedicated to AIDS prevention.

Sanyu's brother is Gaetano, one of the contestants in Big Brother, who has incited controversy due to his on screen love affair with his South African competitor in the Big Brother House. "There is no family in Uganda that has not been affected by the virus", agrees Henry, a 23 year old man who is high profile in the national prevention and information campaign. Through the testimonies and personal stories of Henry, Nikinzi and others, Big brother AIDS shows a lively cross- section of the current commitment in Uganda to stop the spread of HIV. It highlights the importance of communication at all levels 'from word of mouth to radio programs and including Big Brother Africa' and of the active participation of local communities in the battle against this virus.

(Running Time 52 minutes) (for private viewing only)

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Black Pinocchio

Black PinocchioMarco Baliani, famous Italian actor, theatre director, and writer, came to Kenya in 2003 with the aim of creating a play developed entirely by Nairobi street children. The documentary describes Balianiâ??s 3 year journey, which culminates with the street children leaving Nairobi to debut their successful play in Europe. Black Pinocchio is the story of the childrenâ??s growth and rehabilitation in the unusual context of the street, and reflects on the difficulties of social interventions, especially given the breakdown of the family and the urbanisation of Africa. The filming takes place over three years, allowing the viewer the luxury of seeing the characters develop and rehabilitate without needing to rely on interviews, explanations or reconstructions.

The characters' daily lives, their actions, and the difficulties they meet along the way are the back-bone of the story. It is an optimistic, poignant story which unravels to reveal the humanity and potential of every street child throughout the world, if they are supported and believed in.

(Running Time 70 minutes) (for private viewing only)

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Gulu

GuluThis one hour film is set in a difficult and little known location, Gulu district in Northern Uganda, on the Sudan border. The film's narrator and first time visitor to the area, Italian actor Luca Zingaretti, befriends the residents of Gulu who are struggling because they are victims of raids by an army of guerillas rebelling against the official government. These rebels often past victims themselves commit all kinds of atrocities, among them, kidnapping children to enlist to their cause.

In addition to the guerilla warfare and the continuous threat of malaria, the most recent large outbreak of Ebola occurred a year before this film was made. This deadly virus was horrifying enough to persuade the inhabitants to return to their villages and risk being murdered by the rebels. Luca Zingaretti's bittersweet story not only concentrates on the tragic side of Gulu, but also attempts to show the vital strong side of this region and its resilient people.

(Running Time 52 minutes) (for private viewing only)

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Sleepless Nights

Sleepless NightsCURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK Northern Uganda 2005. Every night, c. 40,000 children leave their homes. The â??night commutersâ? walk at least ten kilometres to reach somewhere safe to avoid getting kidnapped by the rebel army and ending up as child soldiers or â??bush wivesâ?. This is the story of Maria, Jean-Paul and Pasquale, three orphans growing up in the 20-year conflict. One night the two boys are too tired to walk and are abducted by the rebels. In order to save Maria from the same fate, Ayoo, her aunt, adopts her and takes her to Italy. Constantly worried, she keeps looking for the boys in Uganda.

Two weeks after the kidnapping, Jean-Paul was left injured in the forest but managed to survive. Pasquale would escape four months later. Both are severely traumatized by their experience and therefore are included in a rehabilitation programme for former child soldiers. Sleepless Nights is a dramatic story told by Giobbe Covatta, an Italian actor, who follows Maria, Jean-Paul and Pasquale, all symbols of Ugandaâ??s war children. The film's original approach reflects Northern Ugandaâ??s dramatic reality, yet shows the children's ability keep their good humour, even under the harshest living conditions. Through an insightful and intelligent humour, the film leaves the viewer with a feeling of empathy and hope rather than sympathy and resignation. Sleepness Nights won the EIUC Human Rights Film Award.

(Running Time 59 minutes) (for private viewing only)

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Speak Africa

Speak AfricaThis is an explosion of views and images from Africa and its people that rivals any expert opinion of how the continent can achieve sustainable development. The film features ordinary people from Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania talking with passion about how they can break the vicious cycle of environmental crisis, poverty and disease. A must watch for anyone who would like to see and hear local voices from Kenya to south Africa standing up to be counted as people with the solutions that can stop the slow grind of poverty in its tracks.

(Running Time 50 minutes) (for private viewing only)

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This Is My Sister

This is My SisterThis is a bittersweet documentary about two sisters coping with the challenge of HIV. Martha, 31, lives in a small, dignified apartment in a densely populated area of Nairobi. She works as a hairdresser and trades in rice and clothing to keep her son Joseph (7) in school and pay the bills. Martha is a positive, dynamic woman who runs at life. Her sister Jane, 28, is working in a restaurant downtown when, feeling concerned about her and her young son Alvinâ??s (5) ailing health, she takes an HIV test and learns they are both HIV positive. The film depicts the desperation and hopelessness that Jane descends into upon learning her positive status. the It highlights the lack of services, the lack of understanding by society, and the fear of the stigma attached to the disease.

The film depicts how one of the biggest problems for an HIV positive person in Africa is to accept the disease and importantly, to be accepted and helped by others. It also underlines the importance of family and shows how the family unit has been undermined by urbanization. However, the film remains at times sweet and almost comic as Marthaâ??s positive attitude even carries the viewer through the dark moments in the film. The sisters real, frank and important story shows us a slice of present day urban African and how, despite the challenges and hardships, with support from society and family, and local services, one can live through, and overcome, the disease. The film finishes with optimism and tenderness. (Running Time 55 minutes) (for private viewing only)

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TV Slum

TV SlumCURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK TV Slum an innovative gem of a film set in Dagoretti, a slum inside Kenya's capital city, Nairobi. The film was shot and directed entirely by rehabilitated street children in Kenya. The story tells of the harsh realities of life on the street (drugs, fights, disease) as seen by the children themselves. The 58-minute film revolves around the life of Njoroge, a 22 year old man living on the streets, whose actions are as shocking as they are endearing. In one scene, Njoroge beats up a gang of street boys, collects rubbish and robs people just to raise $4 in order to go and visit his father in the rural area. The tragic-comic reality of life of the street is well captured by 8 street children with the help of an Italian Film Director. (Running Time 58 minutes) (for private viewing only)

Kshs Price: 1500
USD Price: 24.17
EUR Price: 15.8
GBP Price: 12.97