10.12.2013 - Africa Department

Kenya Movie night: “Leo”. Promoting Youth Agenda Through Literacy.

As part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of independence of the Republic of Kenya, the Permanent Delegation of Kenya to UNESCO will organize the screening of the film "Leo", Wednesday 11 November, from 12 to 15, room IV. This film tells the story of a young Masai dreaming to become a superhero, theme around which the film crew also organised a literacy campaign to benefit children, especially in South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria. Following the screening of the film, the Delegation of Kenya wishes to lead a discussion - with the participation of UNESCO experts - around the topic: The impact of filmmaking in the promotion of culture and education Leo.

Leo is the story of a young Maasai boy in Nairobi whose wish is to become a superhero and to be able to live his dreams in his own country, Kenya. He soon realises that he is bound to fail at becoming a superhero but discovers that there are other ways of becoming a hero. Leo comes from the Swahili proverb “leo ni leo” meaning today is a day of change.

Leo is Jinna Mutune’s first movie after having nearly 10 years of experience in the filmmaking business. She has directed, written and coproduced this film in Kenya, with over a hundred Kenyan actors and members of staff, in order to present a new image of Africa as optimistic and magical.

In October, the team of Leo has launched a literacy campaign during which they intended to collect book donations during planned screenings of the film in the United States (Houston, Atlanta, Chicago), and in France (Paris) in order to redistribute them, with the help of the Global Peace Foundation and DHL, to children in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria.

The intended impacts are to: 

  • Promote literacy in Africa
  • Help the industry of filmmaking in Africa
  • Promote youth to build generations of future leaders

The collect campaign has been taking place in November and the distribution campaign is planned for mid-December.

This project comes as a support to UNESCO objectives of working towards peace and literacy, mainly targeting youth, as well as UNESCO’s global priority for Africa.

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