Focus on Film Studies

10 May 2014

"Campus Film Symposium" and "Jazz Morley visit"...

Campus Film Symposium
On February 1st 2014, students of The Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi Film Class welcomed Mr. Eddie Irura from Film Kenya Magazine. He shared with them an overview of an initiative by the publishers of Film Kenya Magazine called “Campus Film Symposium”. The vision behind this campus based programme is to tap into the vibrant and creative minds of students of Film and TV, by providing an opportunity for interaction and appreciation of the art that is Storytelling. This program is looking to create a platform that inspires students to produce more short films as this is one of the best ways to gain visibility for proficiency in the various skills employed in the Film and TV industry, before getting into the mainstream industry.

Several Film Educators are involved in this initiative. The symposium is intended to establish a film based culture in campuses and foster a tangible passion for local content through a programme that is well managed. The first event was held at Kenyatta University from 5th March to 8th March 2014, and all Aga Khan Film Students were invited to submit their films for screening and were given the opportunity to meet other film-makers as well as industry professionals.

Jazz Morley visit
On February 13th 2014 the Creative Arts department was delighted to host UK singer/songwriter, Jazz Morley.

Jazz Morley possess a voice with such natural soulfulness beyond her 24 years of age that it possibly comes as no surprise to learn that her first public performance was the First Year Infants’ Nativity Play! She truly inspired our Creative Arts students.

Jazz took part in the BBC Introducing Musicians’ Masterclass taking place at Abbey Road Studios. She was then invited to contribute to the on-line content of the extraordinarily moving documentary ‘Our War’, marking the ten-year anniversary of the war in Afghanistan.

In addition, she has been invited to perform at several music festivals such as the Isle of Wight, Beach Break Live, The Great Escape, Greenbelt, Guilfest, Redfest, Brownstock, Bearded Theory and Wychwood. Summer 2012 saw Jazz invited to perform both at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – one of just a handful of independent artists to do so.

At The Aga Khan Academy she performed several songs and also took part in an improvised performance with some Grade 10 Music students.