AT: Hello Sam, you are the General Manager of KFI.
Sam: I have been working with the KFI since 2007 that’s when it started. The idea is to give opportunity to young people coming from Arusha and Tanzania at large learning the skills how to produce films. We provide the highest levels of training; directing, camera, editing, sound, presenting and research. The students will be able to produce their own films, the stories from their own words that will educate the society and we put them onto a career level to be able to make their own income. That has been quite successful. Out of 64 graduated students 80% are now employed in different production houses like East African Television, Clouds TV and young people producing DalaDala TV and working for companies. Some of them, trained by international trainers, stayed with us as trainers. At the moment we are training 24 students in different groups.
AT: What are your current projects?
Sam: “TAZAMENI TV”. It will be broadcast on TV1 in January 2015. It is about life and people in Tanzania. Each episode has 2 to 3 stories, related to each other. Our aim is bringing positive reinforcement. Instead of complaining about the government or the job we are asking what have you done with the means you have to change the situation. We believe that the changes start with us!
AT: KFI has also a professional production unit.
Sam: Yes, we have a professional team of writers, directors, producers, camera, sound and editors to provide the highest quality of films for the market. Currently we are producing a documentary for the German SEED-Initiative that gives grants to people with projects that bring an impact to the community. There are two SEED winners in Arusha. The purpose to run our production unit is to become sustainable instead of depending on grants. It already brings in money to subsidize the training unit. Because our training is free. So in five years to come we should be able to stand on our own.