By Tracy Muringa, State House Girls’ School, Nairobi, Kenya
Going to Lola Kenya Screen in August 2009 was the best thing to have happened to me yet. This film festival for children and youth provides one with a wide range of opportunities one would not even dream of. Reading about it is not nearly as satisfying as the real experience. The different areas of study are educative and as well as fun.
The youth may look for fun in bad places but Lola Kenya Screen provides fun in a safe haven.
For all those who are shy it gives them a chance to shine, meet new people who appreciate them as they are. It also gives one a chance to polish up one’s typing skills with the daily reports if one is in the Creative Journalism Mentorship Programme.
The Film Production Programme allows one to polish one’s people skills and it also broadens one’s thinking capacity which also applies to all the workshops.
I will never forget the friends I made at Lola Kenya Screen 2009; I hope more people come for next year’s edition of the festival.
If you want to be a journalist Lola Kenya Screen is the place to get you started as it shows you the ups and downs of the journalistic world. All in all Lola Kenya Screen is just a place to learn, have fun, express yourself and be seen and heard.
It also shows that journalism doesn’t need to be competitive but fun as experienced in the Film Jury Workshop.
Tracy Muringa was in the Film Production Workshop that made three creative documentary films.