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Chickens for Kimaru

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Chickens for Kimaru

Ten-year-old Kimaru dreams of being an aeronautical engineer. However, he lives in a slum in Nairobi. Life has been tough since his father died. When his mother can no longer afford his school’s fees, he decides to take fate into his own hands. He apprentices with a local chicken farmer. Will Kimaru succeed in earning the money for his school fees?

Original title: Kippen voor Kimaru. Written and directed by Anne van Campenhout and Eriss Khajira. Edited by Anne van Campenhout. Broadcasted by EO-IKON as an episode Mensjesrechten (Just Kids).

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Impact

Chickens for Kimaru is included in different educational programs. In the framework of Sirkelslag 2016 it was shown on 156 Dutch schools, followed by a fund raising campaign to supplement Kimaru’s school fees. It also screened on schools in the UK, as part of the Take One Action program, and on schools in Turkey, as part of the EU Human Rights Film Days.

The film won Best Documentary Award on both the Chicago International Film Festival and the Children’s Film Festival Seattle. The film was nominated for the Best Report Award by Free Press Unlimited (top 3).

Anne van Campenhout maakte een relevante mini-doc die kinderen confronteert met het leven – en overleven – van leeftijdsgenoten in de derde wereld. Vaardig gemaakt en vlot gemonteerd. Geen zielige-kinderen-televisie maar een respectvol portret waarin juist de zelfredzaamheid van de jeugdige persoon verbeeld wordt. De film geeft houvast aan hen die een patroon willen doorbreken.”

– Jury verdict Free Press Unlimited