Film Production

Filming in Kibera

In the film production programme at The Mwelu Foundation we work to train our members in film-making skills by creating documentaries, dramas, docudramas, soaps and slide shows. We train our members in camera work, sound techniques, film directing and producing, lighting and makeup and also basic computer editing skills. We use the films to highlight the problems within Mathare, to offer insights into life in the slum and to look for positive alternatives to the usual ghetto life. We hope this training will result in a change of culture in Mathare.

Please watch some of our films below. More coming soon!

Films

Dream Catcher

Dream Catcher

Type: Short Film
Director: Judith Atieno, Joseph Kinyua
Starring: Leila Dayan, Rose Akinyi, Fridah Nyambura, Mary Muthoni
Synopsis: The story of a young girl in Mathare slum who struggles to keep her dreams alive following the deaths of her father and mother

Youth Discussion

Youth Discussion

Type: Documentary
Director: Bret Lee Eldin, Eric Omwanda, Nelson Otieno
Synopsis: A youth discussion on the problems and solutions to unemployment, corruption, tribalism and women's rights in communities around Mathare slum.

Mwelu Foundation Slideshow

Mwelu Foundation Slideshow

Type: Slideshow
Synopsis: A slideshow of photographs taken in Mathare by the children of the Mwelu Foundation

Unsung Heroes

Unsung Heroes

Type: Documentary
Director: Rachael Ouko
Synopsis: The story of grandmother Kadoni Naomi who lost her nine of her 10 children to HIV/AIDS and now is forced to take care of her 35 grand children with no income, depending only on well wishers.

What Can We Say?

What Can We Say?

Type: Poem
Written by: Christopher Sakwa
Synopsis: A poem by Christopher Sakwa of The Mwelu Foundation in appreciation of the peace keepers working in Africa

Under a Dollar

Under a Dollar

Type: Documentary
Director: James Chemose
Starring: Jacob Ebenyo, Hassan Mohammed Hassan
Synopsis: The Mwelu Foundation meets two casual labourers in Mathare. Jacob Ebenyo and Hassan Mohammed Hassan tell their stories of hard work carrying luggage and pulling carts to earn a living and avoid a life of crime.

One Goal, One Hope

One Goal, One Hope

Type: Documentary
Director: Jeff Mohammed
Starring: James Ochieng
Synopsis: The story of Mathare resident, James Ochieng, who lost a leg to polio but continues to pursue his dream of playing football.

Street Urchin

Street Urchin

Type: Documentary
Director: Judith Atieno
Starring: Clinton Maronji
Synopsis: The Mwelu Foundation meets 14-year-old Clinton Maronji who tells the sad story of his life of bhang (cannabis) and msii (jet fuel) on the streets in Mathare and of his hopes to one day attend school.

This is Me

This is Me

Type: Documentary
Director: Julius Mwelu, Elijah Mumo
Starring: Anthony Mwelu
Synopsis: Anthony Mwelu, aged 14, tells the story of his life in Mathare slum, speaking of his life at home with his mother, his success and struggles a Valley View school and the problems within the slum.

Ghetto Girl

Ghetto Girl

Type: Short Film
Director: Elijah Mumo, Esther Waweru
Starring: Steven Otieno, Leila Dayan
Synopsis: The story of a girl from Mathare slum who defies the abuse her father puts her through and ends up on the streets where her luck changes for the better - from a street kid to a diva.

Ghetto Survivor

Ghetto Survivor

Type: Documentary
Director: Julius Mwelu
Starring: Judy Joy Mugechi
Synopsis: A film by the Mwelu Foundation reviews the issues facing residents of Mathare slum, Nairobi, Kenya. Judy Joy Mugechi tells of high school fees, water shortages and poor health.

Under Siege

Under Siege

Type: Documentary
Director: Julius Mwelu
Synopsis: A film by the Mwelu Foundation reviews the Kenyan post election violence that left its citizens in total frustration. This is the plight of a young man, Eric Kioko, who faced the wrath of his fellow countrymen.

Inevitable Pain

Inevitable Pain

Type: Short Film
Director: Elijah Mumo
Starring: Peter Gikonyo, Judy Joy Mugechi, Winnie Munanie, Eric Omwanda, Gladys Waithera, Barbara Wagio, Mary Muthoni
Synopsis: A short film detailing the problems and temptations facing children in Mathare Valley slum, Nairobi, Kenya

People in Mathare Slum

People in Mathare Slum

Type: Documentary
Director: Julius Mwelu
Starring: Seong-Kyun Kim, Hi-Ha Kim, Julius Mwelu, Benson Kamau Muigai, Nicholas Mathenge Kioko, Cosmas Nganga
Synopsis: A short slide-show documentary showing how people live in the Mathare Valley Slum of Nairobi, Kenya

My Little Story - Group Punisher

My Little Story - Group Punisher

Type: Documentary
Starring: Angela Wanjikli, Eunice Achieng, Eunice Waruguru, Faith Awuor, James Otieno, Judith Atieno, Margaret Wargia, Mary Akinyi, Moses Masteba
Synopsis: Photography workshop held with children in Mathare Valley slum, Nairobi

My Little Story - Group Lion

My Little Story - Group Lion

Type: Documentary
Starring: Boniface Kitheka, Christine Sembei, David Mathenge, Dismas Waganda, Joan Convine, Judy Joy Mugechi, Kevin Masaba, Peter Gikonyo, Ray Ochieng, Shakur Musembi, Wilson Mwamgi, Shiko Lewisky
Synopsis: Photography workshop held with children in Mathare Valley slum, Nairobi

My Little Story - Group Hope

My Little Story - Group Hope

Type: Documentary
Starring: Barbara Wagio, Calvin Muruti, Christine Wangui, Kevin Onyango, Joseph Kinyua, Martha Lubbanga, Mary Okango, Michael Muia, Moses Ouma, Stephen Raila, Ismael Opuka, Teresiah Nyambura
Synopsis: Photography workshop held with children in Mathare Valley slum, Nairobi