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Togetherness Supreme - Africa's 'Slumdog without the millionaires' premiere in USA at Santa Barbar
Togetherness Supreme, a feature film shot in Kibera slums, Kenya Africa's biggest shantytown set to for its USA premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Producer Hot Sun Films
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TOGETHERNESS SUPREME award-winning feature film by California Filmmaker Nathan Collett brings hope to East African slum destroyed in post election violence.
For NATHAN COLLETT, director of TOGETHERNESS SUPREME, filming his award-winning short film KIBERA KID in 2005 for his MFA thesis project at University of Southern California School of Cinema Arts changed his life. KIBERA KID, winner of the 2007 student Emmy for best children’s film, was the beginning of an ongoing commitment to filmmaking training with youth living in Nairobi’s urban slums. In 2007 Nathan founded Hot Sun Foundation to train Nairobi youth in filmmaking and in 2009 opened the innovative, hands-on training center, Kibera Film School. Kibera Film School has been covered extensively in the international media, including CNN, LA Times and Globe and Mail, amongst others.
Out of the KIBERA KID feature film project, came TOGETHERNESS SUPREME, a fictional feature film based on actual events. TOGETHERNESS SUPREME is the story of a young artist searching for change during the period of post election violence in Kenya in 2008. Filmed entirely in the Kibera mega slum with local, non-professional actors, TOGETHERNESS SUPREME is a cry for peace in the midst of tribal and political conflict.
Described as ‘Slum dog without the millionaires’
Producer Mercy Murugi, cited in THE STANDARD daily newspaper in Kenya as one of the young Kenyan achievers of 2010, will attend the Santa Barbara International Film Festival for the screenings of TOGETHERNESS SUPREME. One of the co-founders of Women in Film and Media in Nairobi, Mercy is a young African woman on her way up who has not forgotten youth in the slums, lacking opportunities. She serves as director for the Kibera Film School and has trained youth in production. She recruited Kenyan film professionals to work with and train Kibera youth during the filming of TOGETHERNESS SUPREME.
Don't miss meeting and interviewing this dynamic young filmmakers, who are making film industry history and breaking new ground for youth in East Africa.
trailer - vimeo.com/15692035
Screenings of TOGETHERNESS SUPREME at Santa Barbara International Film Festival
31 Jan (Mon) 8:00pm Metro 4 Theatre IV
1 Feb (Tue) 4:40pm Metro 4 Theatre III
3 Feb (Thu) 11:00am Metro 4 Theatre IV
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Hot Sun Films is an award-winning film/video production and training company based in East Africa. It was founded by Nathan Collett and headed by him and Mercy Murugi.Hot Sun Films' work focuses on bring out a realistic, challenging and positive image of those on the very margins of society. It works to develop and expose the talents and possibilities of the youth of the urban slums of Africa. One of its projects is the non - profit organization Hot Sun Foundation and Kibera Film School.