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  • Writer's pictureArmiel Chandler

Culture Spotlight Featuring Kelvin Osoo (Kenya Edition)

Kelvin Osoo is an enthusiastic and passionate filmmaker hungry to tell stories through the lens. I also double as an award-winning Film director at different festivals. He won Kalasha Award 2019, Bayelsa Award (Nigeria), and different other awards here In Kenya.

Tell us about your experience at the Hip Hop Film Festival Kenya?

I really enjoyed and appreciated the effort that the organizers and all stakeholders involved had to put to pull this festival. For me, it is not just a competition. It is a platform that has enabled me to learn, socialize, and network with fellow filmmakers. Despite the Covid-19 Pandemic, the festival has been able to keep me connected to the world. The interview with Shefik on Stories From The Culture was amazing. I loved the laid-back interactive segments where I voiced my thoughts and perspectives about the culture and film.

Why are stories from the culture important?

I feel like as much as we are all human beings, we all come from different backgrounds, countries and we also practice different cultures. It is very important to tell stories from the culture since it makes us able to understand why people are wired the way they are and in a cinematic view, why films differ from place to place. It also enables us to appreciate different cultural standpoints.

What projects are you working on now?

Currently, I am working on a feature-length film, we are still in the pre-production stage. We are finishing up on the script probably by the end of July.

Why do you think the Harlem film house and Hip-Hop Film Festival Europe is important?

Harlem film house and Hip Hop Film Festival plays a major role in connecting the world through film. The fact that HHFF has been launched in different countries in Africa, Europe, and NYC, has given filmmakers the platform to showcase their films not only in their home country but also on a global scale. The festival is also a platform for learning and bettering skills as a filmmaker. The festival is also a source of encouragement to filmmakers that they can make it.

I commend all the organizers. Thank you for giving us a chance.

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