19 January 2012

"I want to sing like Michael Jackson!"

The World Food Programme gave 12 year old Molly a video camera to document her life in Mathare slum in Nairobi, Kenya.  Above is the first episode and I look forward to more from the series.  I have to admit that I am a bit of a sucker for these projects since they give people the ability to tell their own stories.  It is ultimately edited by WFP , so that does not completely break down the traditional narrative structure, but this does move the needle forward just a bit.  Also, the focus is on a major Kenyan slum, the go-to place for NGOs and their stories.

With that aside, the video does succeed in providing a short glimpse into live in Mathare for Molly.  The best part being the end with her cousin exclaiming, "I want to sing like Michael Jackson," and then dancing around while singing the phrase over and over.  The second piece that shines through is the roll of the letter 'r' off the tongue of Kenyan children as they speak English.