Children from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda are expected to arrive in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on December 6, 2014 for a five-day training in cinematography.
One of the main goals of bringing in participants from these countries is to emphasise the goal of East African regional integration and to draw the interest of the generation of today and tomorrow to the efforts that are being made towards achieving cultural, economic and socio-political unity of the East African Community (EAC).
Having the 11-16-year-old children from the five EAC countries working together will give them a first-hand opportunity of learning from one another and experiencing the importance of cultural diversity.
Lola Kenya Screen festival will also bring together members of the East Africa Film Network (EAFN)’s board of directors to Nairobi to deliberate on the three year strategic plan for the growth of film in all its aspects: training, production, marketing, distribution.
While in Nairobi, EAFN officials are expected to meet with governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental officials working in the areas of culture, finance, education and East African Community Affairs.
EAFN, that believes that film is culture, contends that motion pictures can be used to draw the people to their similarities and thus enhance the process of regional integration.