Advocacy for the Arts

Project Description

‘TuBonge’ is a project that seeks use film as an alternative medium to advocate for political, democratic and social justice by focusing on the issues that arise prior to, during and after the electioneering period. The target audience being those in informal settlements who are the major victims of these injustices as victims of circumstance, the project aims at helping them understand their position and the powers they have in bringing a change.

Thematic Area

Democratic Governance and rule of law

Problem Statement

Lack of information, political downplay and easy manipulation into tribal vessels are some of the problems that people in slums are exposed to. They are easily manipulated and when they become victims of political rivalry they have no idea where to turn to or how to do it. This project aims at enlightening them on such matters by producing a 2-hour feature film that will encompass these issues followed by screenings and civic education talks.

Project Goal

Promoting responsible active citizenry through increased and unbiased participation in political and democratic processes, civic awareness, and involvement in peaceful and informed electoral practices while advocating for inclusion, justice and curbing police brutality

Project Objectives

  1. Strengthen slum communities’ understanding of their rights and civic responsibilities and duties to enable communities demand for accountability from their leaders and better services from public institutions.
  2. Increase awareness on the importance of involving slum communities towards driving the development agenda through accountable leadership, integrity and national values in order to foster democracy
  3. Provide a platform to slum communities as film creatives and engage them in the filmmaking process as a way of providing alternative media for self-expression and challenging societal stereotypes.

Project Activities

Research

This will be majorly to help in the development of the concept and ideas for the script. A team of selected scriptwriters, in conjunction with representatives from the organization, will engage in extensive research in these slums to determine what exactly are the causes, effects, and solutions to these problems. Real life experiences including personal thoughts and suggestion will form a bigger part of the research. Civic rights organs, the constitution, and video archives will also be explored. The intention of this intensive research is to make the film as realistic and relatable as possible: more of a docudrama.

Film Production

The production process will follow immediately once the script is ready.  A team of experienced filmmakers vetted and commissioned by SFF will be in charge of producing the film. Where necessary the production will use local citizens from the slum as the cast so as to make the film more authentic, realistic and easily relatable. We are looking at a 2-hour feature film.

Screenings

These are daytime and evening screenings conducted in different venues including Community centres, schools, churches and open air grounds in selected counties across the country. Focus will be given in counties that have been more affected during the election period. After watching the film, facilitators will lead discussions on the important issues depicted in the film to create Awareness (Civic education). To aid this process, SFF shall develop facilitation manuals and equip facilitators with the necessary skills to use when facilitating. To achieve maximum results, SFF intends to partner with Association of Slum Media Organizations (ASMO), Poverty Eradication Network (PEN), Constitution and Reform Education Consortium (CRECO) and local community organizations with the objective of providing civic education and awareness. The intention is to carry out 60-­‐targeted screenings reaching 2400 people, mostly youth, in each location, totalling 20,000 youth.

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