There aren’t many opportunities to see great documentary films in East Africa: our broadcasters rarely air them, our cinemas don’t screen them and even the pirates don’t sell them! We believe that the more documentary films we see, the better we understand the world we live in. We need to grow local audiences – and what great fun it is to do that with a awesome screenings open to the general public!
These screenings have been running since 2016 with the help of generous donors and partners. In 2019, we decided to adopt a new screening strategy that would see us take these powerful documentary film screenings around the country to the communities that truly need to see them for more meaningful impact. These were initially held at Shalom House, then PAWA254 and later moved to Alliance Francaise Nairobi.
Now, we would like to extend the opportunity to our audiences and allies to donate to this wonderful cause to help us continue to take quality and relevant documentary films on the road to smaller communities in different counties to table important conversations around identity, culture and social change.
In the beginning of the Docubox screenings journey in 2014, we started by screening award- winning documentaries to our filmmakers and audiences in a bid to inspire and provoke an interest in character-driven documentary films. This later transitioned into impact screenings where we would run different campaigns on social issues such as governance and corruption, climate change and justice, human rights, environmental issues and many more vital issues that need to be addressed.
Docubox believes in using films to create meaningful impact through screenings and eliciting candid discussions around issues affecting a people that can be resolved by coming up with resolutions. We are currently delving into achieving greater impact by taking the films to those who need them most by investing more time and resources on curated films and taking them to selected counties based on the priority topical focus.
The true story of Charles Mully, whose unlikely stratospheric rise to wealth and power leaves him questioning his own existence, searching for meaning in life. Against the better judgment of family and community, MULLY sets out to enrich the fate of orphaned children across Kenya. Jeopardizing his own life and the security of his family, Charles Mully risks everything and sets in motion a series of events that is nothing short of astonishing… as he created the World’s Largest Family.
MULLY was screened in partnership with the Canadian Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya on June 7th 2018
A courageous and determined young woman talks about her experiences going through Female Genital Mutilation and the need to undergo reconstructive surgery. The documentary masterclass was spearheaded by Beryl as a case study highlighting her experience in not only being the main character of the film but also her techniques and methodologies in documentary filmmaking.
IN SEARCH was screened in partnership with the DOK fest Munchen at the Docubox Office in Nairobi, Kenya on November 29th 2019.
goat for a vote
At Majaoni Secondary School, a next generation of Kenyan voters learn about democracy. It is the annual school elections, and three students compete for the prestigious position of school president. Magdalene aims to unite her fellow female students in a fight for equal rights. Harry hopes that becoming school president can help him to take care of his family in the future. And the charming Said, a fast learner in the game of Kenyan politics.
On 24th June 2015, Docubox screened A Goat for a Vote by Jeroen van Velzen at Mageuzi Theatre, PAWA 254, Nairobi Kenya. The event was graced by the 3 stars of the film A Goat for a Vote by Jeroen van Velzen – Saidi, Magdalene and Harry Jefwa.
He Named Me Malala
The Film ‘He Named Me Malala’ is a documentary that traces the life of Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani activist who was the victim of an assassination attempt because she spoke so passionately in support of girls’ education. The film speaks movingly about the importance of raising one’s voice to speak out against injustice, about the inner peace that comes with forgiveness, about courage under immense pressure, about the importance of a beloved home and family.
Docubox in collaboration with Akili Dada screened He Named Me Malala at Precious Blood Riruta High School in Nairobi, Kenya among other venues in 2016.