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African Children’s Movie Platform Adjusts Focus

By Iminza Keboge
Published January 24, 2018

Childremn appreciate movies during a Lola Kenya Screen Community Outreach programme.The Lola Kenya Screen movie festival and skills-development and marketing platform for children and youth in eastern Africa is restructuring its programmes.

In a statement to the media, the Directorate of Lola Kenya Screen says the decision is aimed at making the organisation more effective and relevant as society changes.

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“After 12 years of operation, we are in 2018 scaling down, modifying, suspending or discontinuing some of the public programmes we have carried out since 2005,” the statement, signed and released in Nairobi by the initiative’s Managing Trustee and Creative Director, Ogova Ondego, says. “This change will ensure we remain relevant and effective as the dynamics of society change.”

Moviemakers field questions during one of the sessions of the monthly Lola Kenya Screen film forum.

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Lola Kenya Screen, that was founded in 2005, has over the years been conducting weekly school outreach for pupils and students, fortnightly mobile cinema for communities, monthly film forum for players in the movie sector, quarterly internship for final year university students and annual movie and arts festival for children, youth and family.

Children from the East African Community make movies during Lola Kenya Screen film festival in 2014The film forum, that has always been held at Goethe-Institut in the Central Business of Nairobi, for instance, has not only been the most consistent and longest running movie gathering in Nairobi, but has often been the only place where new movies have premiered and new talent spotted, nurtured and presented on the global platform.

Ondego says refocusing will enable Lola Kenya Screen to deliver better service to its target audience: children and youth in eastern and southern Africa.

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