Sunday, April 27, 2008


For personal reasons, Peter Johnson Katuma has left Hot Sun Foundation to focus on other priorities. Thanks for your time and consideration. Best, Hot Sun Foundation Team

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Hot Sun Films in Beijing China!

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 their excellent quality. 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

Hot Sun Foundation announces KIBERA FILM FEST

2nd Annual Film Festival in 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

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.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

48 hour film Competition

This weekend aspiring Kibera filmmakers from Hot Sun Foundation are
taking part in the 48 hour film competition by Slum TV. In 48 hours they
will write, produce, and edit a short film! Pictures and feedback to
follow. Look for it!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Mary Beth in Kibera!

Originally uploaded by Hot Sun Foundation
More pictures from the workshop can be found at


You can see pictures from Hot Sun Foundation workshop led by Prof. Mary Beth Fielder at

Friday, April 11, 2008

Greetings from Hot Sun Foundation!

Despite harsh living conditions, youth in Kibera, east Africa’s largest slum, have incredible talent and enthusiasm to tell their stories through video and film.

Through training and production in film and video, working with Hot Sun Foundation, youth in Kibera present a powerful, peaceful image of Kibera to the world.

Together we contribute to innovation in the expanding film industry in east Africa with a model of youth participation and inclusion.

Our most recent activities include a series of workshops with Kibera youth at the Kenya Film Commission led by Mary Beth Fielder, professor at the prestigious Film School of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. A follow up workshop teamed Kibera youth with Kenyan film professionals.

COMING SOON… Second Annual HIP HOP FILM FESTIVAL in Kibera focused on the theme of Peace and Conflict. Watch for it!