21 year old movie addict, sports enthusiast and audio visual producer talks about his internship at ADMI.
“Ser el puente,” is what my mother told me as I packed my bags to leave Madrid in January this year. I had just left Spanish TV and was looking for different kind of work experience. My first instinct was Los Angeles but then I heard about Africa Digital Media Institute. Mum was very proud of me that at only 21 years of age, I was choosing to do my internship in audiovisual production in Africa. Now that I am going back a month later, her words keep replaying in my mind. Loosely translated, my mother meant that I should be the bridge between Africa and my family and friends back in Madrid.
When my god mother Suzie Nottingham told me about ADMI I had no idea that this experience would be so inspirational. In Madrid, we have a phrase- otro rollo. I think that’s an apt description of my stay and work here. Kenya has given me an other worldly experience; the people, the culture, the nightlife, I love the Alchemist by the way. Everything is different in a refreshing kind of way. The spirit lifting views and the wildlife at Lake Naivasha are absolutely breathtaking!
The students and faculty at ADMI have been so proactive, which is a big part of their mantra- passion to profession. Their passion and willingness to learn made my internship truly worthwhile. Even though I was younger than most of them, I truly felt respected and I realized that I could actually have a good teaching career, if I wanted to.
I am definitely coming back. I would love to be part of the growth that this country is going through and there’s huge potential to partner with film makers in Kenya. There are so many African stories that I would like to tell revolving around sports which am passionate about and politics, which I found to be a large part of my conversations with the people I have interacted with here.
I feel that I have been really lucky to have done this internship, probably because I knew someone who knew about ADMI. That will change because I will follow my mother’s advice and be that bridge between Kenya and my friends, family and filmmakers in Madrid after all.
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