Filamujuani began in the year 2008. It came about from a passion to help eliminate poverty creatively-by teaching young people how to tell their stories using video and photography. Filamujuani is a combination of two Swahili words – Filamu, meaning films and Juani, meaning, in the sun. Loosely translated it means Films in the Sun in Swahili. We believe that telling your own story is not only cathartic but also uplifting and a life skill worth having.
We have turned this passion into reality by having after school programs during the school holidays where we have more time for the students to learn and even take part in income generating projects. This has reduced crime level in the communities where they come from since students work 60 hours a week on film sets. So far more than 120 students have gone through the program. Some of them have been able to secure employment by working for T.V. shows, documentaries and even adverts.
With the skills they get, our students are able to educate themselves through high school and college through money earned from the projects that they work on. Our classes always have more ladies than men as we feel women more so, from vulnerable communities are more disadvantaged.
Through the use of Film production, Filamujuani exists to provide opportunity for youths to tell their stories and earn money so that they can better their future and their families.
Our vision is to be the premiere multimedia training institute in Africa with students who are creating world class content.
Filamujuani empowers youths from vulnerable communities to become economically self- sufficient by providing education through the lens of a camera.
There is so much pride when our students are able to pay their own way through school from the work they are doing. They know that they have what it takes to make it in the world and that they do not have to beg for a hand out or donations. With the rising youth unemployment in most African countries there is need for the youth to start seeing themselves as job creators. They need to be the people who can see opportunities and needs in their communities and address them.