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Sinamatella ProductionsBy Sinamatella Productions
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Sinamatella ProductionsBy Sinamatella Productions
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£3,968
pledged of £33,000pledged of £33,000 goal
105
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, May 15 2013 4:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

THE FILM

From the small town of Iten, 2 300m above the Rift Valley in Kenya, to the raw energy of Kigali, Rwanda, this is a story about the potential of African cycling and it’s ability to restore faith to this most beautiful, difficult and enigmatic of sports.

Can Africa be the next cycling powerhouse? What challenges stand in the way? Who are the characters?

Baisikeli, a 26 minute HD documentary film, follows the Kenyan National Cycling team as they hope to emulate the success of their running brothers and make a career in the sport.

THE STORY

Through a quirk of fate, some chance meetings and some dogged determination we found ourselves filming on the edge of the Northern Rift Valley in November 2012. 

Time-lapsing the sun rising over the Rift Valley
Time-lapsing the sun rising over the Rift Valley

The focus of our filming was the Kenyan Riders, an African cycling team that was 6 years old and making waves with articles in the New York Times and the Telegraph

The team's lack of resources meant they had to rely on the strength of their conviction and typical African ingenuity to overcome the many obstacles in their path. 

The Kenyan Riders training in the Rift Valley
The Kenyan Riders training in the Rift Valley

We discovered East Africa has a thriving bicycle culture borne out of necessity. Steel-framed, single-speed, cantilever-braked bicycles are used to transport loads of anything up to 150kg in average journeys of 60km per day. The cargo varied from fresh vegetables to milk to chickens to furniture and of course, people. 

A typical load.
A typical load.

Given the strength of Kenya's marathon running and the obvious cycle culture albeit non-racing, could the Kenyan Riders Team produce cyclists that could compete with the best in the world?

With this in mind, we travelled to the Tour of Rwanda to document the Kenyan Rider's participation in the 2012 event. The Tour of Rwanda is arguably Africa's Tour de France. 

Racing Rwandan Style
Racing Rwandan Style

Wow, Rwanda blew us away. Their genocide history is still very recent yet they are a forward-looking country and have embraced this Tour of their country. 3,5 million spectators turned out to give their support during the course of 8 days of hard racing. 

John Muya Njoroge, a Kenyan Rider, finished 3rd on the overall podium. It was the highest placed finish of any Black African rider and the best ever finish by any Kenyan cyclist in an international race. 

These are the early steps on a long journey but the Kenyan Riders have arrived. 

The Kenyan Riders
The Kenyan Riders

YOUR SUPPORT

The funding raised from your support of this campaign will be used to help pay for the editing, colour grading, sound mixing, motion graphics, music rights, online facility and playouts of the final version of the film as well as some of the principle cinematography.

Any additional funds raised will be used to market and distribute this film at film festivals (Tribeca, 5 Point, Banff, Kendal, Encounters), reach out to broadcasters and investigate Video on Demand.

Your support means we get to finish the film and take it to the world, ensuring this story of African cycling gets told.  

SHARING & FOLLOWING

If you would like to share the Baisikeli film teaser with your family and friends or embed it into your website or blog, here's the Vimeo version. 

Look us up on Facebook or Twitter or visit our website to find out more. 

In April 2013, We'll be attending the Tribeca Film Festival in New York as well as the 5 Point Film Festival in Colorado, USA. We then head to London in early May before returning to Cape Town. Our aim is to showcase Baisikeli to new markets! So if you're en route, let us know and we'd gladly meet up over a coffee to talk film and share some stories about Africa, cycling and indie film-making. 

THE TEAM

Sinamatella Productions is a small, independent film production company based in Cape Town, South Africa. Our aim is to tell stories that get you back outside. Our crew for this project was James Walsh (Director/Producer), Kat Millar (Editor) and Dale Hunt (Cinematography).

Our past work includes the award-winning documentary feature, An Epic Tale and the short film, Kunye, which will premier at this year's 5 Point Film Festival.

We are very privileged to work with some talented Post Production partners to make Baisikeli a reality. They are:

Risks and challenges

Over the last 6 months we've weathered some interesting risks and challenges. From bouncing around the bottom of the Rift Valley in a matatu (local taxi) to following the Tour of Rwanda on the back of 125cc motorbike sandwiched between a racing peloton and 3.5 million spectators lining the roads, it has been an interesting production process.

Having got the 'footage in the can', our job now is to take this story to market. There are several risks in this process. We have been down the post production curve before and up the distribution hill with our previous projects. So we have some inkling of what needs to be done and therefore we plan to minimise some of these risks. But we are still learning. And one thing we have learned is that indie film-making loves curve balls.

With your help, some grindstone time on our behalf and a pinch of good fortune, we'll make this project happen!

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    A pdf story of how Baiskeli came about. Over 2,500 words and with beautiful colour photos taken on location, this story gives some insight into journey the film makers undertook to make Baisikeli.

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    A limited edition DVD which will include exclusive footage that will not publicly available. This pledge includes worldwide shipping.

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    A signed limited edition A3-sized Baiskeli print depicting a scene shot on location in Kenya or Rwanda.
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    A limited edition Kenyan Riders team issue cycling kit (shirt and bib shorts) in your correct size.
    Plus a limited edition Baisikeli DVD.
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    A signed, limited edition coffee table book with all the best images from the production of Baisikeli shot on location in Kenya and Rwanda as well as the story behind the film. Plus a limited edition Baisikeli DVD. This pledge includes worldwide shipping.

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    The chance to visit Kenya and train with the Kenyan Riders at their base in Iten, above the Northern Rift Valley. This pledge includes meeting and riding with the team, meals and 3 nights accommodation at Kerio View Hotel and transport to Eldoret airport as well as the limited edition Baisikeli DVD. It does not include visas and air travel.

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    Executive Producer credit in the film! Where geographically possible you will get a chance to meet the Sinamatella team and discover more about the project. Plus you'll receive the limited edition DVD, print and coffee table book.

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