• #FilmAid Film Festival 2014 In Photos

    August 2014
  • A Peace Procession For The World Refugee Day

    June 2014
  • Weekend Getaway in Lokichogio

    July 2014
  • A Music Video For The World Refugee Day.

    June 2014
  • Camels Here, Camels There, Camels Everywhere

    May 2014
  • Urban Birdwatching In My Backyard

    March 2014

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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Heroic Cut Shoot (Short Drama on VMMC)

This past week I was part of the team shooting a short drama film in Ng'aturkana on Voluntary Male Medical Circumsision.
Sunrise on location, before the clouds opened up and cut short the first day of the shoot.
The shoot was successful, despite a rainy first day and a few expected hitches. The team was decicated and the locals cooperative seeing the production reach it's conclusion as scheduled. I'll let the photos do the talking, to recap the week that has past shooting the film on location at Kalobeyei and Nawotom. 

The D.O.P and Director setting up a shot.
Turkana women preparing for a wedding scene.
This little girl stole my heart, a budding actress in the making.
The colorful and bright Turkana neck pieces caught my eye.
One of the main actors in character.
Ready to shoot the wedding scene.
Turkana women escorting the bride to her groom with cultural songs.
The team reviewing a jib shot.
The team taking a photo with the elders before the wedding scene.
Future cinematographers...
The groom carried up in the air, during the wedding celebrations.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Sneak Peak - Auditions For 'Heroic Cut'

Auditions are underway for 'Heroic Cut' an upcoming film production on Voluntary Male Medicat Circumcision (VMMC). Day 1 of auditions was quite interesting and I can't help but share a few photos from the day.

More coming soon...

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Location Scouting in Kalobeyei

We set out on Friday at around 8 am to scout for locations for FilmAid's upcoming film project in partnership with Populations Services International (PSI) and Community Empowerment and Development Services (CEDS). Our destination was Kalobeyei, located approximately 20 minutes from the Kakuma Refugee Camp and towards Lokichogio.

The town center was reminiscent of your typical upcountry business center, but we went on inwards to a beautiful gem most of us never knew existed. It reminded me of a camping getaway in Naivasha, except for the ground being covered with sand as opposed to grass. It is a considerably cool place, well sheltered by numerous acacia trees.
 Yet again I fell in love and would like to give a sneak peak of the area through photos, and videos as usual coming up soon.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

#FilmAid Film Festival 2014 In Photos

I remember as a kid, about 5 or 6 years old, watching Tarzan the animated film with soundtracks by Phil Collins; my love affair with film started then. I wanted to be a part of that magical world that was created making me hold on to every second of that film. It is undeniably one of my best films to date,  and a huge reason why I became a filmmaker. Being part of this year's FilmAid film festival is an honor and another special moment that will stay with me in life.

It has been a week long event, starting on Monday the 4th and nearing it's close Friday the 8th at the Kakuma Refugee Camp. The Nairobi screenings will be held on the 12th of August at the Alliance Francaise. Friday the 8th marks the closing gala as well as the graduation of FilmAid's Filmaker Training Students who have been in the program for 2 years now.
"It is always thrilling to watch other people watching films."

The audience keenly folowed the screenings.

As usual, pictures speak louder than words and I would like to share the festival so far through photos.

The perfomances at Hope Primary school by incredible artists from South Sudan were one of thefestival's highlights.
The evening screenings always take me back to that magical moment as a child passing by Bellevue Drive in as they screened movies.

Video coming soon on my Vimeo accounnt.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

A Peace Procession For The World Refugee Day

The World Refugee Day (WRD) is commemorated annually on the 20th of June to honor the courage, strength, determination and resilience of men, women and children forced to flee from persecution. However, this year at the Kakuma Refugee Camp it was a 2 day affair beginig on the 19th of June with a peace procession.
At he Department of Refugee Affairs (DRA) in Kakuma, ready to start the procession.
 I can't help but describe everuthing as memorable, because to me each day here is truly special and I know for a fact I won't forget them for years to come. That is precisely how this day turned out to be; a memorable affair with an enthusiastic crowd, colorful and vibrant peformances, and simply an electrifying mood.

With messages of peace.
 The procession started at the Department of Refugee Affairs (DRA) in Kakuma, going into Kakuma town. The first stopover was outside the DRA gate, where two talented artists from the host community entertained the crowd.
Everyone came together and walked in unity.
 The procession went on into Kakuma town, as the crowd danced and chanted to the befitting song Bob Marley's 'One Love.'
The messages on the T-shirts captured the true spirit of the day.
 The mammoth crowd went through Tarach bridge, and you couldn't help but apprecite the diversity of the crowd that had turned up for the procession. Diffrenet nationalities, old and young, and even the physically disabled all turned up to show their support.

The 2nd stopover was outside the UNHCR compound and here several dance groups showcased their cultural dances.

The procession continued on to the basketball court in Kakuma 1.

The procession ended at Clinic 4 with perfomances, including a perfomance by Octopizzo who graced the event.

I've put together a video of the WRD procession, to be posted soon...