NAIROBI: 13th October, 2023.
The third edition of the NGO International Film Festival, a unique gathering whose mission focuses on the collation, dissemination and recognition of important human-interest stories, based on the Sustainable Development Goals was held today with the festival’s thematic areas for 2023 being “Education, Equality and Climate Change in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals”.
County Executive for Talent, Skills, Development and Care Ms. Rosemary Kariuki who represented H.E Governor Sakaja, said “We have gathered here to celebrate the art of storytelling, the diverse cultures that enrich us all, and our commitment to a better world. This festival isn’t just an event; it’s a celebration of creativity, and of the power of films to educate and inspire.”
The County Executive said that Nairobi is a city that understands the creative arts, the power of beauty and innovation, a place where various cultures, traditions, and histories meet. ” We have stories to tell and the talent to tell them, which is why films shot here have won at the Oscars (The Constant Gardener”) and become cultural sensations in their own right (“Nairobi Half Life”)” she said.
Ms. Rosemary shared that the Film Festival was a new opportunity to bring together in Nairobi, filmmakers, storytellers and audiences from around the world to give voice and image to the deepest hopes for education, equality, and climate change.
This year, the selection of films cuts across genres and cultures while engaging closely with climate change.
Said Ms. Rosemary “Just a few weeks ago, the Africa Climate Summit met in Nairobi. We settled on an African position, and declared our stand. That statement of our decision will always be known as the Nairobi Declaration. This is where Africa made up its mind about climate change. One of the most exciting aspects of this festival is the opportunity to engage with the filmmakers, actors, and activists themselves. They’re here today, ready to share their insights, experiences, and passions. I encourage you to attend the panels, discussions, sessions, and workshops to connect with these creative minds.
The County Executive said the H.E Governor Sakajas’ Government has promised to restore the Nairobi Film Festival, and make it the largest of its kind in this part of the world. The creative industries are vital to the county, this country, and to our continent.
The County Executive was accompanied by Dr. Anastasia Nyalita, County Executive for Inclusivity, Citizen Engagement and Customer Service.