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A Grandmother's Tribe: Going Home with the film

November 28 2008 - In commemoration of World AIDS Day, the U.S. Embassy's Public Affairs Office and the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is pleased to support the Kenyan premiere of the film "A Grandmother's Tribe." Highlighting the on-going challenge grandmothers in Kenya have in raising grandchildren whose parents have died of AIDS, the film focuses on two heroic grandmothers in the slums of Kibera and rural Mudoba village in Funyula.

Stories of sorrow and hope were brought to life in this documentary film directed and produced by Dean Easterbrook and Qiujing Wong of Borderless Productions, New Zealand (www.borderlessproductions.com). With support from Canadian and U.S. based talent, and local production coordination and location advice from Felix Masi, the making and showing of this film has been a global effort.

Having been postponed due to the 2007 post-election crisis in Kenya, the film was first shown in Vancouver, BC in Canada. The U.S. Embassy is pleased to help launch the Kenyan premiere through PEPFAR funding, which in 2008 totals nearly $534.8 million. Since 2004, PEPFAR has provided over a $1 billion of AIDS relief in Kenya. (http://www.pepfar.gov/press/81596.htm).

In commemoration of World AIDS Day, the U.S. Embassy, in coordination with the Kenyan and American NGO "Voiceless Children," (www.voicelesschildren.org) is helping launch the film's Kenyan premiere in Nairobi, Kibera, and Funyula.

Cocktail Reception and Film Premiere
Date: Monday, December 1
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Fox Theatres in the Sarit Centre

Kibera Film Night
Date:Wednesday, December 3
Time:6:30 p.m.
Location: Kamkunji Grounds, Kibera
*Organized by Hot Sun Foundation in partnership with Film Aid International.

Film Showing in Mudoba Village - Funyula
Date: Friday, December 5
Time:1:30 p.m.
Location:Namboboto Secondary School

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A Grandmother's Tribe (www.agrandmotherstribe.com) is available on DVD - to get your copy visit the movie website.


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