|Molly (World Food Programme (wfp.org))|
Molly's Film, made by 12 year old Molly, from the slums of Nairobi won the Student/Mentor category in the 8th Annual My Hero Film Festival. Through the World Food Programme, My Hero caught up with Molly in Nairobi to hear what she had to say about this unexpected victory.
"When WFP gave me a small camera and showed me how to use it, I was very excited and I filmed everything and anything I thought was interesting. Little did I know that by filming my world I was giving an opportunity to people in very far countries to see what life is like in the slums of Nairobi. A few days ago my teacher came by my house and told me that my film had won the first position in the student/mentor category. I am so happy and grateful, first to WFP who introduced me to filming and to all the people who loved the film's I made and sent comments through various means. To My Hero Project, the organizers of the film festival and to all who nominated my film as a winner I'm saying Asante Sana, it's Swahili for thank you very much."
|World Food Programme around the globe (wfp.org ())|
Every day 26 million kids around the
world get meals in school from the World Food Programme. Many children only go
to school because they get this meal. Molly, a 12 year old girl from the
Mathare slum of Nairobi, Kenya was given a small video camera by WFP and asked
to record scenes from her daily life. The result was Molly's Film. Molly and
her film continue to capture the hearts of people around the world.
|Kenya on the map (wfp.org ())|
The My Hero Project spoke with Jonathan Dumont - Head of
Television Communications - United Nations World Food Programme in Rome who
gave Molly her camera, to find out more about Molly and how this came about.
Molly is a captivating girl who tells
the story of her life and her world with such unwavering honesty and wisdom
beyond her years. How did you find her?
"It wasn't easy!! Our public information team in
Nairobi found her through a school we provide school meals to. As anywhere,
finding young people who are both good storytellers and who can
shoot video is not something you can count on! I should clarify that editing
was done here in Rome."
|Kids at School (wfp.org ())|
How much teaching did she receive about
filmmaking before she made her film?
"Our Kenyan public information officer showed her how
to use the camera and, I believe, she was shown this instructional
video that I made" :
What kind of camera did she have to
used a flipcam."
How did making films come about within
the World Food Programme and what do you hope will come out of them?
"My goal as Head Of Visual Media here at WFP is to
exploit screens wherever they are no matter how big or small, from the 22 story
11 screen array of screens in NY's Times square to the smallest Iphone to
screens in taxis, airplanes, buses, cinemas, broadcast tv, etc etc etc
with content that raises awareness about world hunger and what WFP is doing to
fight it. That can mean producing news footage from Syria, Somalia or S. Sudan,
producing PSA's with movie stars like Sean Penn or Penelope Cruz or better yet,
letting the people we serve tell their own stories as we have done with Molly's
World. The goal is to raise awareness so, that people who can make a difference
will believe that hunger is a solvable problem and that they can do something
|Meal at school (wfp.org ())|
What is the scope of your
outreach for filmmaking with young people?
"We have a general youth engagement program that
reaches out to students and teachers.
There have been other intiatives including several
editions of a viral video competition for young filmmakers called
"HungerBytes": http://www.wfp.org/hungerbytes But we
haven't been pursuing it lately as there are now so many similar competitions
out there now (sigh.yes..imitation is the highest form of flattery)."
Thank you Jonathan for all you do with the World
Food Programme by giving young people the tools and skills that empower them to
tell their own stories.
Congratulations to MOLLY for her win, but also for
her intuitive gift for being an interesting and inspiring filmmaker - telling her
story and the stories of those around her with compassion, humor and clarity.