Kibera Kid

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Kibera Kid
Directed byNathan Collett
Produced byHot Sun Films
Screenplay byNathan Collett
StarringIgnatius Juma, Geoffrey Twanga, Godfrey Ojiambo, Anthony Shikon’Golo
Music byJermaine Stegall
CinematographyCollin Brink
Edited byJesse Ellis
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Kibera Kid is an award winning[1][2] short film set in the Kibera slums in Nairobi,[3] Kenya. It was written, directed and co-produced by Nathan Collett in collaboration with the locals of Kibera.[4]

This twelve-minute film featured Kibera actors in the principal roles. It has played at film festivals worldwide including the Berlin Film Festival and it won a Student EMMY from Hollywood.[2] It has been profiled by the BBC,[4] Reuters[5][citation needed] and Al Jazeera English.[6] In April 2009, a feature film follow up to Kibera Kid was shot. The full length film focuses on tribal conflict and the possibility of reconciliation. The film had a larger effect as it led to the formation of Hot Sun Foundation which trains the youth of the slums to make their own films.[3]


Kibera Kid is the story of Otieno, a 12-year-old orphan from Kibera living with a gang of thieves who must make a choice between gang life and redemption. The story is fiction but the circumstances and reality depicted are not. Crime and poverty are common in Kibera, yet there are many who will stand for a better life no matter how bad things may seem.

The shooting of Kibera Kid in the Kianda area of Kibera.



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  4. ^ a b Oladipo, Tomi (2007-08-20). "Kenya's Kibera kid savours stardom". BBC News. Retrieved 2010-06-30.
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  9. ^ "Kenya; Slum Boy Shines in Award-Winning International Film". Africa News. August 4, 2007.
  10. ^ "Angelus Student Film Festival 2006 Announces Winners". Signis World Catholic Association for Communication. 2006-10-21. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2010-06-30.
  11. ^ "College Television Award". USC School of Cinematic Arts. 2007-04-03. Archived from the original on 2010-06-16. Retrieved 2010-06-30.

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