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Kibera Film School: Slum Life Storytelling

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In one of Africa’s largest slums, where employment and success seem a distant reality, hope still exists.

In a suburb of Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, more than one million inhabitants reside, daily scrounging for shelter, food, jobs and any source of hope. The people of Kibera either live in self-constructed shanty houses or are homeless due to the destruction of natural disaster. With limited access to running water, lack of employment, and scarce education, the struggles for the people of Kibera are great.

Yet, despite the pressures and obstacles, hope still exists. In part, this seed of hope was planted by American filmmaker Nathan Collett back in 2006 when he arrived in Nairobi, Kenya, to research African storytelling. In the midst of his research, he came across Kibera and simply could not leave without starting something. Thus, three years after his initial visit, Collett started a nonprofit film school in the heart of Kibera.

In 2009, Kibera Film School was launched and has since provided numerous employment opportunities as well as future academic and career endeavors for residents of all ages and backgrounds. The heart of this nonprofit film school is to “provide local people a chance to tell their stories through film, and gain the skills to work in the local film and television industries.”

Many graduates of this school have gone on to pursue filmmaking and television because of their exceptional experience at this school.

To read more about Kibera film school, the full-article is available here:

For some firsthand testimonials, success stories of students and the film school at local festivals, visit the Kibera Film School blog at

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