Family screening:
Meet the Muthuku Family

Salt Beyoğlu

December 10, 2011 12.00

Director: Carren Otieno
Concept and production: Ayfer Ergün

Swahili, with Turkish and English subtitles
Recommended for children 7 +

As part of DOCUMENTARIST’s “Which Human Rights?” Film Festival (December 6-10), which this year focuses on the rights of children, SALT Beyoğlu will host a special family screening of Meet the Muthuku Family, a series of short films following the ups and downs of a family living in the Mukuru Kayaba slum of Nairobi, Kenya. In collaboration with the SALT Interpretation Program, the screening will be followed by a question and answer session with producer Ayfer Ergün about the Muthuku family, the making of the films, and the project’s investigation of children’s rights in Kenya.

In 10 episodes, we meet a family that experiences both tragedy and happiness in everyday life. Meet Jacob, who shows that in an African slum, even going to the toilet is an ordeal. Learn the story of fourteen-year-old Faith. Raped by a neighbor, she now has to live with HIV. Get to know the daily joys and worries of father Ruben, a night guard, and mother Rhoda, a midwife. Their children, ranging from three months to 26 years old, show us where they go to school, where they work and how they spend their free time. Little Joshua reveals his strategies for surviving in the ghetto.

Laugh, cry, pray and swing along with a bunch of very special Kenyans. Meet the Muthuku family!

Since 2009, the Documentarist “Which Human Rights?” Documentary Week has been organized on the occasion of Human Rights Day, December 10. Now in its 3rd year, the event has garnered film festival status. Admission to screenings and parallel events is free of charge at SALT Beyoğlu, Dutch Chapel and Tütün Deposu.

SALT Interpretation seeks to engage young people through exhibition tours, moving image programs and artist-led collaborative projects. Its mission is to ensure that all students have access to forums for creative and experiential learning, open dialogue and critical thinking.