Friday, October 17, 2014

SYNOPSIS


This is a love story filled with deception, greed and misguided intentions.
It is a story of Esther Njeri Wanjiru, a sharp African woman from Kenya who just arrived in the United States on a fiancée visa after graduating from law school. She has big dreams.  She wants to practice law, build a family, accumulate wealth and take care of the family she left behind in Kenya.

After spending few months in America, she becomes impatient with how slowly her big dream is unfolding. She wants her dreams manifested now. After all, this is what her fiancée promised her.
As much Esther looked forward to a new life as a "New woman in America," Laban, her fiancée, viewed her as “a Traditional Kenyan woman”…the kind he longed for since he arrived in America ten years back. 

Laban sees that this relationship is becoming toxic and could spell disaster to both their dreams. 
In time, Esther and Laban discover that getting along now is the only way to assure their future in America. Esther’s patience will be tested in a major way as she will find out much later that “it’s not easy to spot a lizard in a parade of crocodiles” Or as we say in Swahili, ”Katika msafara wa mamba, kenge wamo” and so the story goes...

Saturday, October 11, 2014

ESTHER WANJIRU - THE MOVIE - WE NEED YOU!!

Kibirafilms International is getting ready to produce its next feature film. “ESTHER WANJIRU” is a film about an African couple going through life and relationship struggles in the United States, with a bizarre twist. The movie's tag line summarizes it here: "In a parade of crocodiles, it is not easy to spot lizards."  Or, as we say it in Swahili, "Katika msafara wa mamba, kenge wamo."  It will be shot locally in the Twin Cities. Please see the synopsis at the bottom of this email.

 You are receiving this email as an invitation to be part of this feature film. There are many opportunities in all stages of the process: preproduction, production and post production.  Please send your information and we will place your name on our mailing list.  When the time comes  you will receive details of where and when will the casting take place. We expect this to be by the end of next month. We are looking for individuals of all ages, colors, nationalities etc. 

Please send your information to:

Email  - kibirafilms@gmail.com - with the following information:

(a) Your contact information 
(b) Tell us a little bit about yourself - acting experience. 1 paragraph please. No acting experience required.
(c) If you want to be considered for acting - include a head shot - Selfie is accepted - (Done tastefully.)
(d) If you want to be part of the crew - specify your preference.
(e) Tell us any information that may help you get a part.

Please pass on the emails to whomever may be interested in this opportunity and thanks in advance.

For more information about Kibira Films previous projects see the links below:






SYNOPSIS
This is a love story filled with deception, greed and misguided intentions.
It is a story of Esther Njeri Wanjiru, a sharp African woman from Kenya who just arrived in the United States on a fiancée visa after graduating from law school. She has big dreams.  She wants to practice law, build a family, accumulate wealth and take care of the family she left behind in Kenya.

After spending few months in America, she becomes impatient with how slowly her big dream is unfolding. She wants her dreams manifested now. After all, this is what her fiancée promised her.
As much Esther looked forward to a new life as a "New woman in America," Laban, her fiancée, viewed her as “a Traditional Kenyan woman”…the kind he longed for since he arrived in America ten years back. 

Laban sees that this relationship is becoming toxic and could spell disaster to both their dreams. 

In time, Esther and Laban discover that getting along now is the only way to assure their future in America. Esther’s patience will be tested in a major way as she will find out much later that “it’s not easy to spot a lizard in a parade of crocodiles” Or as we say in Swahili, ”Katika msafara wa mamba, kenge wamo” and so the story goes…

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bukoba Serengeti Fiesta 2014

Since I am far away from my hometown, Bukoba, Tanzania, it is always very refreshing to see and hear sounds from home, especially when I get an image or a 3 second video attached to WhatsApp. This weekend, I was reading my hometown's blog and saw extensive coverage of Serengeti Fiesta 2014. It showcased well known national artists -- mainly Bongo Flava..a Tanzanian version of Hip-Hop and Rap.

I have to say, I was very impressed and surprised. Having grown up in Bukoba, I would have not thought that this sort of thing could happen there. I only recall such gatherings for national holiday celebrations or religious events,  not Hip Hop concerts.





Africa is the youngest continent , and it is very evident when you look at the crowd enjoying the music. The opportunities and the future of the continent need to be harnessed for the greater good. There is hope in seeing people enjoying themselves. They seemed to be saying,  "We know who we are, we know where we are going, and we are enjoying the ride."

This is inspiring!  There is only one place to go, UP!  If you take into account what it takes to put on an event like this in a town, you begin to understand that this is not simply about Hip Hop,  it is about stimulating the local economy. Our nation once looked down on artists of this kind, but now people see that the economic injection that my town received from this cannot be argued with.  Think of the trucks that brought the equipments for the event, add the drivers, and the gas that fuels every one of these trucks. Then think of all the hotel rooms that will be booked, the restaurants visited, and the injection of cash into the economy from patrons to local businesses, and on and on.

Economic advantage aside, think of the young kids watching the event coming together. Maybe one will see the sound man putting together the mixing board for the whole show.  Maybe that will trigger something in his mind to think, "Hey,  maybe I can do this, or better yet, how can I learn how this thing works?"  Another youth will see a performer and start to wonder whether it is a possibility that she can also sing and perform  and be admired by so many. 

At the end of this concert, as these two kids walk home, they will have a new outlook. They will have a new goal, perhaps subliminal, but a goal nevertheless. Then, you see, next time the fiesta comes to town, these two kids will be on the performing side, or the marketing side or the sound engineering side.

Congratulations.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Rasta man Justin Kalikawe,  you will always be remembered! Rest In Peace!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

ACT ONE

This is it ! ACT ONE! 

There are no encores, 
There is no second ACT. 
This is your play. 
This is your stage, 
This is your time to shine. 

No Excuses. 

No Fuss. 
No one to point to. 
Except YOU. 

 So, 


 Go for it with all your might, 

Give it all you got, 
Pull hard, 
Push hard, 
Keep it going 

Why? 
  
Because, this is your life. 
You only get one shot. 

Yes, 


Just one. 

You are in it now. 
No more. 
No less. 
Not tomorrow. 
Not Yesterday. 
Now. 
This is it. 

Win it. 


Don't waste it. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

AMERICANS INTEREST IN BUKOBA TANZANIA

This week the little town of Bukoba in Tanzania got a lot of attention from some Americans. First was a group of over 12 people from Holly Trinity Lutheran Church in Minneapolis MN. The church has a long relationship with the Lutheran Church in Bukoba.

You can read more about their travels HERE

Then in the same week Joe Ricketts visited Bukoba on behalf of his foundation about Education in the developing world.

You can read more about Joe Rickett's visit to Bukoba HERE

Who is Joe Ricketts? - He ranked 371 th wealthiest Americans in 2009. He is also founder of TD Ameritrade.


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Tanzania's ambassador to the USA - Mrs Liberata MulaMula in Minneapolis

Early this Month, November 2013, ambassador MulaMula was in Minneapolis to visit the Tanzanian Community. I got a chance to be part of those festivities and later presented her with all of our movie package. Sitting behind is her husband Mr. George Mulamula. This was a dinner party at Meshack Balira's house.