“Feminism matters” is a feature film about a young girl in Nairobi informal settlement- inspired by all the experiences of the women making the film. Despite the challenges living in a society where women face discrimination, sexual harassments and are underrepresented in decision-making, the girl is trying to change the patriarchal society in Kenya. She meets women activists, get involved in the feminist movement and explore the power of arts and culture.
The film script will be developed by a group of six to eight young women from Nairobi informal settlements together with Kenyan filmmaker Jinna Mutune. In this mentor/ mentee project the participants will work closely with professionals from the film industry such as cinematographer, sound technician, director and editor.
The aim is to produce a 30 minute film that highlighting questions about gender equality, women´s rights and feminism. The project will enable the participants to develop skills in film production and realize the power they have within themselves and collectively to compact oppressive systems and structures that work against them.
The women that produce the film will become role models to others in the community & in the long run use their media skills to influence the society.
Due to the high rate of women violation cases in Kenya, K-youth media chose to put more impact on training women. Many young women in Kenya face sexual harassment and discrimination. The women´s project aim to train young women in different informal settlements of Nairobi in film and photography to raise questions about women´s rights issues and gender equality with a special focus on feminism and the #metoo movement.
The idea of making a short film developed after a successful course that was held in January-February 2018, where twelve women were trained on film production, photography, graphics design and creative writing. During the final project that resulted in a photography exhibition the participants used their personal stories to raised topics on gender based violence, discrimination and the power of the feminism and the #Me-too movement. They also met well known Kenyan women´s activists and were inspired by their stories.
The project will be organized by K-Youth Media a non-profit making youth organization founded in 2011, whose main goal is to equip young people from the urban slums of Nairobi, with skills on media and communication to develop their personal skills and encourage them to use their talent to make an impact in the society. Since 2015 K-Youth have a special focus on working with women´s project in order to narrow. For more information about K-Youth Media visit www.k-youth.com
Swedish non-profit association Nacka-Nairobi Initiative, one of the founders and sponsors of K-Youth Media will be an external partner in the project and assist with fundraising, administration and marketing.
Kenyan filmmaker Jinna Mutune will mentor the girls when in the script writing process. She will also coordinate part of the production and assist in the recruitment of professionals from film industry mentoring the participants (cinematographer, sound technician, director and editor. German film maker Daniela Fritz will together with K-Youth alumni Samuel Karanja and Kizito Gamba assist during film set.
Kenyan women activists such as Betty Andera, Binna Maseno and Rachael Mwikali has been involved in coaching the girls during training on women´s rights issues, gender equality and feminism.
ASMO (Alliance of Slum Media Organization) a consortium established by six slum based media organizations (K-Youth is a member) will trough Slum Film Festival assist when it comes to arrange screenings and market the film in the local communities and connect with other film festivals in Africa and on a global level.
Film is a special art that allows an individual and a group to freely express their thoughts also film production is capital intense, a huge challenge that keeps many Kenyan filmmakers from realizing their dreams.
Also women have being marginalized and underrepresented in film the project aims to harness their talents and allow them to build their film portfolio and be trained by the best in the industry.
Empowering women in film will help to improve communication skills and they will learn how to create new arenas and means of communication.
The film will be exhibited during outreach activities and help influence and change behavior of men towards women. Men, women, boys and girls in the local community will discuss and learn more about gender equality and women´s rights issues. Trough screenings at film festivals the short films can reach a large audience on a global level.
The women that produce the films will become role models to others in the community & in the long run use their media skills to influence the society.
By supporting the project financially, you’re giving women the right to their own narrative, and the power to put out the identification of African women globally.
The time schedule for the production part is as follows:
Risks and challenges
Fundraising for the project is a main challenge. Through this crowdfunding campaign we hope to cover cost for the first part of the project such as equipment rent, transport, security and small allowances to the professionals involved. The project depends on partnerships built on a will to work with small resources. With our network of contacts with filmmakers and production companies we are convinced that we will be able to make a professional film with limited resources. The second part of the project will include post production and marketing. We will apply from different film funds and NGO-organization to cover this part.
The safety question of equipment is an important question. Cameras, lighting and sound equipment needs to be protected when carried in public. To prevent that equipment get stolen, a team of security will join the film crew. It is also important that the girls participating in the project get a proper introduction on how to use equipment to prevent that they get broken. The mentors will make sure training for handle equipment is made. The girls will also be divided in groups some focus on cinematography (photography, lighting) others in directing, sound recording and working on film set locations.
There is also a challenge of timing, scheduling the whole project - delays in working caused by different working environment in the informal settlements. It's important to prepare all people connected in the project of keeping time, especially when it comes to deadlines. It's important to guide the girls, give them directions and support them in their work.
Different issues and responsibilities to be solved are:
-How to get the equipment needed?
-Clear communication about who is responsible on what in which part.
- Since the filmproduction focus on feminism and gender equality, it's important to raise the awareness in the communities. To explain and discuss what film can do. So that the project can expect support from other community members and not exclude them from the process - since it's a project for changing the community in some way (K-Youth media has a good reputation in the communities and contact with local leaders and other organizations)
Recruitment of participant in project needs to be made in a fair and transparent way. The girls interested can apply to participate. An application with questions and requirements needs to be prepared. The best applicants should be selected to interviews. Since only eight girls can participate in the production team others can assist as actors, extras, makeup etc.
Despite the different challenges listed above we are convinced that the project can be implemented and that the outcome will be successful. K-Youth have a long experience working with film training and a wide network of contacts with professionals from film industry. We also have talented alumni interested in participating in the project and qualified mentors such as Kenyan director Jinna Mutune and filmmaker Daniela Fritz from Germany. Women activist like Rachel Mwikali can participate with expert knowledge about women´s rights issues and feminism.
External partner Nacka Nairobi from Sweden has experience in both filmmaking and project management. Nacka Nairobi also has a network of contacts with filmmakers, production companies and funding institutions in Sweden. This helps the project to reach a wider audience. ASMO (Alliance of Slum Media Organization) will trough Slum Film Festival assist when it comes to arrange screenings market the film in the local communities and connect with film festivals in Africa.
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