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Conscious Kenya-Photo Exhibition

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These photographs explore and examine the internal and external violence that is implicated through the bodies of men on the margins of society, and challenge the mainstream, erotic and hyper masculine representations of feared black and brown bodies. Placed in intimate spaces and contexts that challenge the gaze of the sitter, I am interested in these subjects as icons of ideal beauty, love and desire.There is a conscious movement to produce photographs that represent Africa in its own light and glory.

Pawa Preview: This Week at Pawa

It’s a brand new month! Here’s to starting it off in Pawaful artistic style.

  • Tuesday 5pm: #OffTheRecord

This weekly event offers a unique space which unites people from different backgrounds together, were they can express their thoughts and speak their minds, strictly off the record, about various issues that affect our modern day society.

It has become a platform where participants can better understand issues around social justice, helping transform them into more tolerant, enlightened, critical and active agents of social change who can influence social positively.

Additionally, it seeks to help others build on and develop their presentation skills, as well as bring up brilliant, quick-thinking and concise individuals who have the courage to mould their ideas, share their ideas and fight for their ideas for a better Kenya.

Entrance is absolutely FREE. You’re invited to come and engage others in the Pawa Community, and discuss issues which are both important to you, and other like minded people.

 

  • Friday 7pm -10pm: Cocktail with a Cause

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Young Jewels Foundation will host a ‘Cocktail with a Cause’ on  PAWA254 Rooftop on the 5th of December 2014, as from 7.00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Their target is to raise 100,000 packets of sanitary towel that will go towards their initial contribution to a ‘Pad bank’ supporting a minimum of 8,300 Kenyan girls in the year 2015.At Young Jewels. For more details see the event page on Facebook HERE.

 

  • Saturday 10am -1pm: Kenya Writers Guild Workshop

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 This Saturday 6th December 2014 at Pawa 254 (Mageuzi Space), the Kenya Writers Guild presents a practical workshop on “PERFECTING YOUR SHORT FILM” by Mildred Achoch (Writer of Black Genes short film, The Agency, The Team, Wash and Set). 

For more details on this event see the blog post HERE.

 

  • Saturday 1pm-6pm: The Pit

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Come enjoy Hip Hop, Funk, Soul, Jazz over live graffiti pieces. Good music and good vibes all day.Special guest will be Akili Blaq aka MM3rd and a cameo performance by Fikrah Teule from Mombasa. For more details see the event page on Facebook. Connect with The Pit Community HERE.

  • Saturday 5-8pm: Fatumas Voice

#FatumasVoice is a weekly arts forum for discussion through poetry, music, motivational talk and interaction. It is a collaborative effort between Pawa254 and Kenya Poets Lounge. Follow the conversation on the blog HERE and join the community of Facebook.

 

  • Sunday 11am -4pm: Alternative Art Holiday Market

The holiday season is here and Pawa254 is bringing you a one of a kind shopping experience.

A chance to buy authentic Kenyan art from Nairobi’s hottest urban artists at discounted prices.

Fashion. Art. Jewellery. Music. Books.

See the event page HERE to get more information.

Art Market Poster

  • Sunday 5pm-8pm: Teardrops Live!

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Spoken word king Teardrops brings you ‘Gifts and Gratitude’: An evening of poetic fusion and apprectiation. For more details on this exciting event see the event page HERE.

 

 

Kenya Writers Guild Workshop

To all filmmakers
KWG Short Film Workshop Poster-6 Dec 2014
This Saturday 6th December 2014 at Pawa 254 (Mageuzi Space), the Kenya Writers Guild presents a practical workshop on “PERFECTING YOUR SHORT FILM” by Mildred Achoch (Writer of Black Genes short film, The Agency, The Team, Wash and Set). During this informative workshop, the following will be discussed:
  • Perfecting your Short Film Logline
  • Mockumentaries
  • Differences between a Short Film and Feature Film
  • Scene Construction
  • Screening and Discussion of “Black Genes”

Entry fee is KSh500 only.

Kenya Writers Guild members: KSh200.

‘One Angry Musician’ a play by Lightbox Africa and Uzinduzia

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Written and directed by Fred Mbogo, with Oyatsi, S. O as Choir Master.

SYNOPSIS

A choir master based at Umoja University is angry that his boss has plagiarized his work. The harassed man is seeking out a way to solve the issue but is taunted by colleagues who ask: “What will you do?” What indeed can he do about it? He is consoled by his mother who, however, wonders: “Do you have to continue working under the same boss?” He composes furiously as a way of escaping; coming up with such beautiful songs that seek to restore his dignity. But he is still haunted by snide comments from people who doubt whether he is “man enough”! In the end, he must win, but will he first break all the drumsticks and clarinets? Does he have to? He is scheming to employ some sort of mob justice on the face of impunity! A hate for his boss is one tool he won’t give up. He must win; but will he? What can he do?

They Say/I Am a play by KikeTele

10623485_733202200091710_1722412607707477885_oThey Say/I Am is a play intertwined with monologues of poetry exploring the stereotypes of women with the intention of shattering them, revealing stereotypes as the fallacies they are.

Conceived and directed by Mwende Ngao and written by Anne Moraa, the play toys with the perception of various women and hopes to encourage the audience to rethink how they view the women in their own lives.

Advance tickets are 600 (single) and 1000 (couple) so bring a friend! 800 at the door.
Call 0715664104 to book your ticket.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival Nairobi at PAWA254

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The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will mark its fourth year in Nairobi on November 10-14, 2014, with a program of films to raise awareness and spark critical reflection and debate while encouraging activism.

On Saturday the 15th of November PAWA254 will proudly host special film screenings under the Human Rights Watch Film Festival Nairobi. We will showcase short films, and feature films from Kenya, and will end off the event by screening international film ‘Big Men’.

PROGRAM

2.00pm ‘Burnt Forest’
2.30pm ‘Ririkana’ + Q&A
3.15pm
3.30pm ‘Maramaso’ + Q&A
5.00pm Break on Rooftop
5.30pm Fatuma’s Voice Special – Spoken Word Performances
6.30pm ‘Big Men’
8.00pm Films end, cocktail on rooftop

Drinks and snacks will be for sale on the rooftop throughout the screenings and discussions.

SYNOPSIS’

BURNT FOREST by Zippy Kimundu

A young Kenyan girl discovers that even the closest of relationships can be challenged by Tribal Obligations.

RIRIKANA by LightBox

Our dreams are often all we have of past times and past loves, but what if we are stuck at a moment in our past which defines our present lives. Ririkana is the story of Noni and her daughter Tumiso who struggling to let go of a memory. The film explores how a family deals with loss after terrible tragedy.

MARAMASO by Forsee Films

Maramaso Trailer from Foresee Films on Vimeo.

Maramaso is a concept developed by a musician / activist born and raised in the slums of Nairobi. The name is derived from the philosophy’s end goal, a “Man Raise Man Society” in which support for fellow man and youth empowerment are more important than personal gain in one’s own life. This is how Mandela, the subject of our film, lives his life.

BIG MEN

The film exposes the lack of transparency and the corruption in oil contracts with multinational companies in Ghana, and the dire environmental and social effects on the people who live in the oil belts of Nigeria.

Pawa Preview: This Week at Pawa

The #ArtRising goes on!

These are the events we have lined up this week

 

  • Tuesday 11th 5.30-8pm: OffTheRecord Debate and Discussion
This weekly event, happens every Tuesday from 5.30pm to 8.30pm  and offers a unique space, where participants can express their thoughts and speak their minds, strictly off the record, about various issues that affect our modern day society.
Be part of this stimulating debate every Tuesday in our Mageuzi space.
  • Friday 14th 6-9pm: They Say/I Am : A Play by Kiketele

 

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They Say/I Am is a play intertwined with monologues of poetry exploring the stereotypes of women with the intention of shattering them, revealing stereotypes as the fallacies they are.

Conceived and directed by Mwende Ngao and written by Anne Moraa, the play toys with the perception of various women and hopes to encourage the audience to rethink how they view the women in their own lives.

Tickets are available at kiketele.com

For more details on this see the Facebook Event Page HERE.

Kike Tele is an initiative that looks to collect and tell stories about women.

Connect with Kiketele on Facebook and Twitter @KikeTele

 

  • Saturday 15th 2-9pm: Human Rights Watch Film Festival Nairobi at PAWA254

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The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will mark its fourth year in Nairobi on November 10-14, 2014, with a program of films to raise awareness and spark critical reflection and debate while encouraging activism.

On Saturday the 15th of November PAWA254 will proudly host special film screenings under the Human Rights Watch Film Festival Nairobi. We will showcase short films, and feature films from Kenya, and will end off the event by screening international film ‘Big Men’.

To find out more on this event and view film trailers see the event page HERE.

 

  • Saturday 15th 5-8pm: #FatumasVoice

#FatumasVoice is an arts forum for discussion through poetry, music, motivational talk and interaction. Come experience this creative social commentary  EVERY Saturday. To learn more about  Fatumas Voice visit the website http://www.fatumasvoice.org/  and join on the community on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

Pawa Preview: This Week at Pawa

The #ArtRising goes on!

These are the events we have lined up this week

 

  • Tuesday 11th 5.30-8pm: OffTheRecord Debate and Discussion
This weekly event, happens every Tuesday from 5.30pm to 8.30pm  and offers a unique space, where participants can express their thoughts and speak their minds, strictly off the record, about various issues that affect our modern day society.
Be part of this stimulating debate every Tuesday in our Mageuzi space.
  • Friday 14th 6-9pm: They Say/I Am : A Play by Kiketele

10623485_733202200091710_1722412607707477885_o

They Say/I Am is a play intertwined with monologues of poetry exploring the stereotypes of women with the intention of shattering them, revealing stereotypes as the fallacies they are.

Conceived and directed by Mwende Ngao and written by Anne Moraa, the play toys with the perception of various women and hopes to encourage the audience to rethink how they view the women in their own lives.

Tickets are available at kiketele.com

For more details on this see the Facebook Event Page HERE.

Kike Tele is an initiative that looks to collect and tell stories about women.

Connect with Kiketele on Facebook and Twitter @Kike Tele

 

  • Saturday 15th 2-9pm: Human Rights Watch Film Festival Nairobi at PAWA254

1397809_790388861021309_2819206828412527058_o

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will mark its fourth year in Nairobi on November 10-14, 2014, with a program of films to raise awareness and spark critical reflection and debate while encouraging activism.

On Saturday the 15th of November PAWA254 will proudly host special film screenings under the Human Rights Watch Film Festival Nairobi. We will showcase short films, and feature films from Kenya, and will end off the event by screening international film ‘Big Men’.

To find out more on this event and view film trailers see the event page HERE.

 

  • Saturday 15th 5-8pm: #FatumasVoice

#FatumasVoice is an arts forum for discussion through poetry, music, motivational talk and interaction. Come experience this creative social commentary  EVERY Saturday. To learn more about  Fatumas Voice visit the website http://www.fatumasvoice.org/  and join on the community on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

PAWAFilmForum Vol XVI: ‘In the Shadow of a Gold Mine’ Screening and Discussion

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PAWAFilmForum is committed to showcasing independently produced, often non- commercial work that has little opportunity of reaching the general public; highlighting social, political, cultural and historical realities. By featuring the voices and visions of truly independent media artists from Kenya and beyond, we aim to expose diverse audiences to a range of artistic expressions, cultural perspectives and critical inquiries.

For our 16th edition of PAWA Film Forum we are very happy to announce the screening of the documentary ‘In the Shadow of a Gold Mine’. The screening will be followed by a discussion which will be facilitated by freelance documentary producer and journalist Zahra Moloo.

SYNOPSIS

Tanzania is one of the largest gold producers in Africa. Multinational mining companies operate mines across the country. But as these companies turn greater profits and as Tanzania becomes a major investment destination, hundreds of people are bearing the cost, at times with their lives. In the Shadow of a Gold Mine is an investigative portrait of one multinational gold mine in Tanzania and its impact on the small-scale miners and farmers who live in its shadow.

Mo & Me: Screening and Discussion

On Wednesday the 26th of November, PAWA254 in collaboration with A24 Media, will be screening the film Mo & Me.

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The screening will be followed by a Q&A which will be facilitated by Salim Amin.

Synopsis

Salim Amin, son and only child of Mohamed “Mo” Amin, undertakes a journey of recollection and reflection into the life of the frequently absent, globe-trotting father he loved, revered and feared. In his late teens, Mohamed Amin abandons his studies to pursue a career in photography which, over the course of thirty years, will turn him into a front-line cameraman extraordinaire – and, arguably, the most renowned photojournalist of his era. Training his candid lens across continents, Mo Amin’s thirst for breaking news puts him repeatedly in harm’s way – enduring weeks of torture, automatic arms fire, explosives and, ultimately, the amputation of his left arm – to become one of the most decorated news camera-man of all time. The documentary depicts Mo as an unbending, unforgiving and unapologetically rambunctious paterfamilias whose hunger for “the story” propels him to ever greater professional heights – often at the expense of those he cherishes. The 96-minute film is underpinned by extraordinary images from the vast Amin archive – currently available at World Picture Network in New York. The stills mark and frame Mo’s life as it unfolds in a vivid and, at times, grisly tableau of international politics. Fuelled by a potent mixture of talent and ambition, Mo’s stubborn courage, innate resilience and wily perseverance loom large as he encounters horror and brutality in the course of his indefatigable quest to inform, alert and chronicle.