We have had another great day of shooting today for the trailer of United States of Kibera. Our goal is to have the trailer for our kickstarter page completed by the end of the weekend (aka sleepless weekend of editing). Once the kickstarter is up and running we will have 40 days to raise $5,000 to shoot the film.
Please spread the word and help us gain support to make this film happen.
Peace & Love from Kibera
Simone grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. After taking a few years off of school to work and travel, she moved to New York to attend Columbia University. There she double majored in American studies and African studies. Simone traveled to write in Egypt, Uganda and South Sudan this year. Simone continues to write for the Columbia Political Review. Infected with the “Africa bug”, she arranged to spend a semester interning at Pamoja FM. This internship allowed Simone to come back to Africa to do what she really wanted to; to make a film that shows a different side of Africa.
Simone knew that she could not undertake this project alone, she put together a wonderful small crew in Kibera:
John Ngaruiya (left) also known as GG Spice, is an artist and filmmaker. He grew up in Kibera and attended the Kibera Film School, where he won an award in his year for best fiction film. GG is the founder of an art collective called Jah-Army. The group started in 2005, with two members. Today there are 15 active members whom perform music and poetry, paint and make beadwork to inspire and motivate community development and peace building. Jah-Army also wrote an acclaimed song for the Stop Rape Now campaign.
Victor Oluoch (right) was raised in up country Kenya. He moved to Nairobi in 2005 to work with Hot Sun Films, where he was heavily involved with the film Togetherness Supreme. In 2009, Victor entered the Kibera Film School, where he continues to take advanced courses. He directed the film Friends Remain Friends, which was selected for the 2010 BBC MyWorld documentary competition.
Our trailer and kickstarter should be up by next week!