Kibera, the slum as a symptom
Migration due to poverty, violence and neglect has led to the overcrowding of hundreds of thousands of people within a few kilometers of the center of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital. The causes of the creation of slums follow a universal pattern that show us where to find the shortcomings of the universal justice we wish to create. The short filmRaindrops, by Stephen Okoth, finalist of the We Art Water Film Festival 5, recreates a real common story in Kibera and in all marginal neighborhoods around the world.
During the month of April, residents in Kibera, the poorest slum in Nairobi, have an additional concern for survival: repairing the leaks that flood their precarious shacks with dirt floors and tarpaulin roofs. April is the rainiest month, but so are May, November and December. However, spring and autumn showers allow many to collect fresh water, a treasure in what has been Africa’s largest slum for decades.
This is not the case of Mitchel and Angle, protagonists of the short film Raindrops by Stephen Okoth, finalist in the micro-fiction category at the We Art Water Film Festival 5. This piece recalls a real story that took place in Kibera during one of those November downpours. Mitchel tries to bail out the water that floods his shack while taking care of his sister Angle, who eventually falls ill to pneumonia.
Raindrops, short film by Stephen Okoth (Nigeria). Finalist in the micro-fiction category at the We Art Water Film Festival 5.