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‘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

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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 @Kike Tele

 

  • 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

This Week at Pawa

It’s a brand new month and we are really excited to have you on board!

These are the events we have lined up this week

  • Tuesday 4th 5.30-8pm: OffTheRecord Debate and Discussion

EVERY Tuesday from 5.30 to 8pm we debate about, discuss and engage on social issues affecting our daily lives. We also explore solutions all STRICTLY Off The Record.

Be part of this stimulating debate every Tuesday in our Mageuzi space.

 

  • Wednesday 5th, 5-7pm: #PAWAFilmForumXV: Beautiful Tree,Severed Roots : 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 15th edition of PAWA Film Forum we are very happy to announce the screening of the documentary ‘BEAUTIFUL TREE, SEVERED ROOTS – Seventy Years in Kenya. One Family, Seven Stories’, a film by Kenny Mann. The screening will be followed by a discussion which will be facilitated by Film Kenya Magazine.

Here’s a trailer for the documentary:

 

For more details including the synopsis see the blogpost HERE also RSVP on the Facebook Event Page. Entry is FREE.

 

  • Thursday 6th 5-9pm: #PAWASalonXXXII : Fashion and Entrepreneurship with Riri Jewellery

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What does it take to build a successful fashion brand in Kenya? Join us in this edition of #PAWASalon, with  Njuhi Chege founder of Riri Jewellery as she discusses the only three things you have to do to build a successful fashion brand in Kenya. For more information on visit the event page on Facebook and the blogpost HERE.

 

  • Friday 7th 6-9pm: Frank Koine Music Party.

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All you music lovers! Start your weekend in style by attending a  listening party with live performance by Frank Koine featuring music from his soon to release album; Music Avenue.

Connect with Frank by liking his Facebook FanPage and RSVP on the Event Page

Also, sample some of Frank’s music on Reverbnation http://www.reverbnation.com/frankkoine


Tickets: Single Ksh.1000. Couple Ksh.1,500
All Ages

 

  • Saturday 8th 11am-6pm: Ghetto Models: Fashion is Music and Runway

Celebrating Music & The New Era Of Fashion
THEME: Support A Slum Child

Dress Code: CLASSY!

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The event, in its first year, aims to promote talents in the Music and Fashion industries by fusing performances by some of the most outstanding artists in the Kenyan Music industry and with a runway showcase featuring some of the most creative designs by up-and-coming designers Kenya has to offer from Pret-a-Porter to Couture Fashion.For more details on this exciting event check out the Facebook Event Page.

 

  • Saturday 8th 3-9pm: #BeyondTurkana

Did you know that Lake Turkana, the world’s largest desert lake, is in grave danger?

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Join us on this journey as we create awareness on what is actually going on in our back gardens, in the cradle of man kind and start to implement actions that with YOUR help will actually make a difference to the people of Turkana and save lake Turkana.
Join us on this campaign dubbed ‪#‎BeyondTurkana‬, because the solutions, the problems, the positive and negative implications are all BEYOND TURKANA!

This is a joint effort by International Rivers (https://www.facebook.com/InternationalRivers),

Friends of Lake Turkana (https://www.facebook.com/FoLTurkana?ref=br_tf),

Stand Up Shout Out ( https://www.facebook.com/standupshoutoutworld ),

and we invite all of you in your organisational capacity or individual capacity to join our efforts and help us be successful in saving our heritage!

Learn more on this event on the Facebook Event Page.

 

  • Saturday 8th 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.

  • Sunday 9th 2-6pm: Poetry Slam Africa

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Slam Africa is a poetry slam competition happening every 2nd Sunday of the month at Pawa254. It aims to nurture young poets and writers, create great performers, empower and educate others, and propel the poetry and spoken word industry to grow bigger and better.

Call 0720785173 for Details. Also check out the Event Page on Facebook

 

 

 

 

PawaSalonXXXII on Fashion and Entrepreneurship with Riri Jewellery

In this edition of #PawaSalon, Njuhi Chege founder of ririjewellery.com will talk about, The only three things you have to do to build a successful fashion brand in Kenya.

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In Njuhi’s words,

“Starting and running your own fashion business can sometimes feel like planning a trip to the moon. For those who haven’t imagined about planning trips to outer space, what I mean is, it can be quite overwhelming. Raising capital, researching, sourcing materials, devising social media strategies, courting customers, selling, balancing your books, writing business plans…so much to do, so little time!”

Based on her trips around the world, and experience promoting local brands in Kenya and internationally while working with Festival for African Fashion and Arts (FAFA), she will, in this forum, show budding entrepreneurs the three main things to focus on to get any biashara going.
Take a look at Njuhi’s interview with Mukha.co HERE.

When? 6th November, 2014 from 5pm -8.00pm

Where? Mageuzi Space, Pawa254.

Entry FREE.

PAWAFilmForum Vol XV: ‘Beautiful Tree, Severed Roots’ Screening and Discussion

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 15th edition of PAWA Film Forum we are very happy to announce the screening of the documentary ‘BEAUTIFUL TREE, SEVERED ROOTS – Seventy Years in Kenya. One Family, Seven Stories’, a film by Kenny Mann. The screening will be followed by a discussion which will be facilitated by Film Kenya Magazine.

 

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SYNOPSIS

Kenny Mann’s parents were Polish and Romanian secular Jews and Socialists who fled Europe to settle in Kenya as refugees in 1942. Born and raised there, Mann examines how their Jewish Socialist values enabled them to fully adapt to and profoundly identify with Africa and Africans. While British settlers claimed land and exploited African people, her parents fully engaged with Africa and the African identity, devoting their lives to fighting hunger, disease and poverty and becoming politically influential.

Set against the backdrop of their lives between the Mau Mau uprising of the 1950s and Independence in 1963, the author examines her own identity as a “British” girl in an Eastern European family, as a white in an African country and as an anti-colonialist in a colony. She also explores her siblings’ identities as they search for meaning through African tribal and spiritual rituals, presenting a fascinating examination of Jewish-Kenyan identity and an exposition of Kenya’s colonial history from a unique point of view. Rare archival footage helps to integrate the family’s lives in Kenya with major political events, such as the assassinations of the young Tom Mboya and Bruce McKenzie, both close family friends.

Shot in Kenya, Poland and Romania, the unconventional format of six chapters utilizes live and archival footage, a variety of visual elements, Mann’s parents’ voices culled from 30 years of cassette tape correspondence, music, and the filmmaker’s own narration.

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

BEAUTIFUL TREE, SEVERED ROOTS has evolved out of about 30 years of thinking, writing, gathering documents, interviews and information and struggling to tell this story in a way that is both personal and has universal resonance. It began as a book called RIDING THE EQUATOR, which was never published and which forms the backbone of my film. It is for this reason that I’ve structured BEAUTIFUL TREE in actual chapters, just like the book, and while I did that initially as an experiment, I am very happy with the freedom this format allows me.

COMMENTS

“Your doc is fascinating, explores a complex theme with poetic compassion, and enlightens us about a loaded period of Kenyan history. We are staggered by the pluck & commitment of your parents, intrigued by the spiritual quest of your brother and sister…”
Gail Pellett, Writer/Producer/Director