A film made by children during the second Lola Kenya Screen film production workshop has won its third international prize.
Little Knowledge is Dangerous, one of the three films and three songs on the African Folk Tales Animated DVD compilation made during the 2nd Lola Kenya Screen film production workshop in August 2007 won the Most Creative Project Award in Nairobi and the Special Jury Award at the Jugend Medien Festival Berlin, Germany, in May 2008.
In awarding Little Knowledge is Dangerous the Special Commendation Award 2008 for the age-group 6-14
years, the jury said this was ‘for the humorous manner in which the clash of two cultures and the resulting language difficulties and its impact are portrayed. A film which transforms a mundane daily routine into a parable of superficialness and and superficial knowledge with aplomb.’
Come August 2008, the same film won the 2nd Kids For Kids Africa Grand Prize. This was the second time in a row that a Lola Kenya Screen production had won the Kids For Kids Africa competition. In 2007, Films by Children for Children won the Grand Prize at the 5th World Summit on Media and Children/1st Kids for Kids Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa.
On August 16, 2008, the jury of the 2nd Kids For Kids Africa competition described Little Knowledge is Dangerous as a “a funny and educational film with a clear message that makes you just want to learn.”
The 2nd Kids For Kids Africa competition was held in Nairobi, Kenya, in the frame work of the 3rd annual Lola Kenya Screen audiovisual media initiative for children and youth in eastern Africa.
Little Knowledge is Dangerous was written, animated, shot and directed by Samora Michelle, Adede Hawi NyOdero and Karama K Ogova during the 2nd Lola Kenya Screen film production workshop conducted by Maikki Kantola of Finland for Project Anima of Denmark in August 2007.
Some eight films from Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe were in the 2nd Kids for Kids Africa Competition. They were Uncovering Secrets of the World by Mia Dupper of South Africa (2008); Ingwazi Jive by Abigal Mlotshwa, Fight Against Poverty by Tinashe Maravanyika, Ndaifara by Mercy Mafudze and Craig Kimu, and Oh Mama by Thelma Maduma of Zimbabwe made under the Postcards from Zimbabwe compilation (2006); and Little Knowledge is dangerous by Adede NyOdero, Samora Michelle and Karama Ogova, Manani Ogres by Joseph Hongo, Marcus Joseph, Norrick Joseph and Samuel Musembi, and The Wise Bride by Alexandria Ngini, Aysha Satchu and Layla Satchu (2007).
The jury, working under the guidance of Signe Zeilich-Jensen of The Netherlands, consisted of:
Wangari Mumbi Kiarie, 14, Nairobi, Kenya
Yvonne Kongu, 14, Kiserian, Kenya
Sharon Fortunate Mazvihwa, 16, Harare, Zimbabwe
Ian Innocent Mbae, 16, Nairobi, Kenya
Held on the theme of “Peace-Building for a Sustainable Future”, 3rd Lola Kenya Screen attracted some of the best possible films for children and youth in the world from 56 nations.
A Lola Kenya Screen Festival Press (www.lolakenyascreen.or.ke) Article