Short film “Lollipop Man” on Kenyan Road Safety shown on Kenyan TV
Jacqueline M. Klopp of the Center of Sustainable Urban Development, Columbia University with VREF support has teamed up with Kenyan filmmakers to produce a series of short films that reveal the difficulties children face moving around Nairobi. The first two films “The Lollipop Man” and “Traffic Monsters” are now available online and will be shown in a number of key venues in Kenya in 2016.
The films, realised by Solomon Mwendwa and James Smart, involved Kenya Youth Media, a small Kenyan organisation that trains youth from poor neighborhoods in media production and that encourages them to use their media skills to tell their own stories in their own ways. The films like “The Lollipop Man” and “Traffic Monsters” allow people, especially children to explain their problems with Nairobi transportation with their own words. Lollipop Man was shown on the Kenya Television Network last week.
“The films give a sense of what it is like to be a child crossing streets and walking to school in a city that fails to adequately plan for pedestrian safety”, says Jacqueline Klopp. “The idea is to give voice to these children and their spokespersons in the transportation planning process and to reach out to the public who ultimately must ask for change for their children’s sake.”