Five years ago Kisilu, a Kenyan farmer, started to use his camera to capture the life of his family, his village and the damages of climate change. When a violent storm throws him and a Norwegian filmmaker together we see him transform from a father, to community leader to an activist on the global stage.
Thank You For The Rain addresses a range of issues linked to climate change, including climate justice, urbanization, gender equality, education, access to water, climate refugees, and adaptation.
This film is a collaborative film made by Kisilu Musya, a Kenyan farmer, climate fighter and video diarist, and Julia Dahr, a Norwegian filmmaker and activist. Living in completely different parts of the world, Kisilu and Julia found each through this project, and have been working together for more than five years to complete Thank You For The Rain.
Kisilu: “I had never met a filmmaker before I met Julia and never even seen a full film as I live very remotely with no electricity. It was very interesting to see Julia’s way of working and how she thought my community’s story was so important to the world. When the film team asked if they could stay with me and my family for a month to film, I said yes without any hesitation. But I had one condition: That I could also get a camera to tell my story together with the filmteam.”
Julia: “In my opinion Kisilu having his own camera is what makes this film so special. Kisilu is extremely brave and generous with the audience in his video diaries. He truly gives the audience everything to make sure they feel and understand his fighting spirit and the psychological challenges that he and his community is going through because of climate change. I am proud that we’ve together managed to make a story of hope from the frontline of climate change.”
Kisilu: “Now we are looking forward to bring this film to communities around the world and strengthen the global climate justice movement. I have already started using parts of the film in my own farming community, screening it in schools and churches to engage and share knowledge on how we can build climate resilient communities. I am looking forward to speed up this work and do my level best to help my community and the world.”
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