https://thankyoufortherain.com/trailer
Distributor:  Global Environmental Justice
Length:  87 minutes
Date:  2017
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English; Swahili / English subtitles
Color/BW:  Color
Closed captioning available

Curator

David N. M.Mbora, Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Science, Whittier College

Thank You for the Rain

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Thank You for the Rain is an extraordinary collaborative film made by Kisilu Musya, a Kenyan farmer, climate fighter, and video diarist, and Julia Dahr, a Norwegian filmmaker. For five years Kisilu used his camera to document the impact of climate change on his family and community.

Thank You for the Rain

Curator
David N.M. Mbora, Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science, Whittier College

Why I selected this film

Thank You for the Rain is a compelling firsthand account of the effects of climate change through the eyes of some of the most vulnerable people on the planet. As a portrayal of one man’s resolute efforts, the film demonstrates that ordinary people do have agency to confront climate change. Indeed, Kisilu’s video diaries, which are embedded throughout the film, are especially evocative. The diaries give a face—or faces, actually—to those who are on the front lines of climate change, allowing them to share their experiences in their own voices and showcase how they are fighting back. This is a timely production.

Teacher's guide:  Is it weather or is it climate change? 

The distinction between weather and climate is crucial to appreciating  what climate change really is. Please see the teacher's guide for maps, background information, activities, and discussion questions that explore this subject.

Synopsis

Thank You for the Rain is a collaborative film made by Kisilu Musya, a Kenyan farmer, climate fighter, and video diarist, and Julia Dahr, a Norwegian filmmaker. For five years, Kisilu used his camera to capture the lives of his family members, the atmosphere of his village, and the impact of climate change in Kenya.

In addition to filming floods, droughts, and storms, he documented the real human costs of the climate crisis: His kids are sent home from school when he can’t pay the fees because of a failed harvest. Men are moving from their villages to towns in search of work. Food supplies are pinched, and family tensions are rising. Despite these hardships, Kisilu emerges as an activist, organizing his community to plant trees to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.

 

Excerpts:  If time is short

Three excerpts with a total running time of 21 minutes are also included for viewing if time is short. These clips provide a more tightly focused introduction to the impact of climate change on subsistence farming throughout East Africa. The clips can be accessed via the Clips tab, above.

The environmental justice focus of the film

Thank You for the Rain delivers a clear and urgent message. The people who suffer the worst effects of climate change are the ones who have contributed little, or nothing at all, to it. To make matters worse, these are the people who are most vulnerable and have the least means to mitigate its impact and adapt to the change.

Download the teacher's guide for Thank You for the Rain (PDF)

Thank You for the Rain

BOLD = VO

ITALIC = J’s voice from behind the camera

BLUE = On-screen text

 

 

IN

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ENGLISH (TRANSLATION & ENGLISH ORIGINAL DIALOGUE)

KIKAMBA ORIGINAL DIALOGUE

 

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Banyak (logo)

 

 

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Differ Media (logo)

 

 

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I was enjoying being away from the city noise of my normal life

 

 

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I was filming beautiful stars.

 

 

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I remember smiling and saying to Kisilu,

"What a sky"

 

 

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I can never forget the look on his face when he said,

 

 

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"No Julia, this sky means problems"

 

 

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"It means no rain".

 

 

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A ZDF Co-Production with Arte

 

 

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Why can’t we be seen?

Niki tutekwoneka?

 

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Come here.

Uka vaa.

 

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I thought the camera was

looking at all of us.

Nionaa kamera takeetusyaitye ithwonthe.

 

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I'll start with myself...

Niambiiya nakwa.

 

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I'm Kisilu Musya.

Nitata Kisilu Muasya.

 

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This is my wife

Kii nikyo kiveti kyakwa.

 

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Christina Wayua Kisilu.

Christine wayua kisilu.

 

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There are...

Ve….

 

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There are some others too.

Ve angi aingi.

 

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I have a family of nine members.

Nina musyi wa andu keenda.

 

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All depending on me.

Onthe ninyie mambikwetye.

 

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And we all depend on

Natwikwatasya.

 

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farming.

Uimi.

 

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Banyak Films

 

 

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Differ Media

 

 

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THANK YOU FOR THE RAIN

 

 

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Lord we pray for rain.

Ngai nituukwitya mbua.

 

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You promised us two rain seasons,

Niwatwathie mavinda eli ma mbua.

 

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one is past and it failed.

Yimwi ninavitie,nakwalea kua.

 

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You told us to never lose hope and to prepare for the next season.

Nunatwiie tuikakwe ngoo,indi twiiyumbanisye ivinda ya keli.

 

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We prayed asking you to lift us

Nitunavoyie tuyiukulya utukilye.

 

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because there is no other

area marginalised as ours

Nundu vai kisio kingi k itina ta vaa kwitu.

 

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in development and in education.

Nthini wa maendeeyo na kisomo

 

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We have good people teaching

us how to care for Mother Nature,

Twina andu aseo meutwonya undu tutonya kusuvia mawithyululuko maitu.

 

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They have worked hard for many years.

Nimathukumite na vitii kwa myaka mingi.

 

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Through Christ we pray.

- Amen.

Nthini wa isitwa ya Yesu nitwavoya.                                                           Utwike ou

 

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When we say it doesn't rain,

it is because of me and you.

Yila tukwasya kana kuleete kuaa,ni kwoondu  wakwa naku.

 

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Because if I leave from here today,

Nundu nauma vaa umunthi.

 

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and cut down five trees

Na kutema miti itano.

 

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and don't plant a single tree

this year or the next,

Na kulea kuvanda  muti ona umwe, mwaka uu na usu ukite.

 

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haven’t I wasted those trees for nothing?

Yu ndaananga miti isu mana vyu?

 

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They prevent soil erosion

Nisiaa kutwawa kwa muthanga.

 

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it raises the water table

and makes the area moist

Nithengeasya kiwu,na kutuma kisio kithiwa na kimeu.

 

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trees attract clouds and rain

Miti nikusasya matu na  na itiete mbua.

 

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If we destroy all the trees where do we go?

Twaananga miti yonthe yu twithi va? 

 

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Yes, we all die.

Yii,ithwonthe nitwathela.

 

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I was twenty-three in Kenya, trying to make a film about how climate change was forcing people to give up on farming.

But then I met Kisilu.

He caught my attention straightaway.

He had all these plans on how the community could deal with increasing droughts, but it seemed as if people were not really listening.

 

 

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… those changes are called climate change

Mawalyuko asu  nimo ngumeeta  uvinduku wa nzeve.

 

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With your remaining life

you must make a vow:

Na thayu waku ula utialite

No nginya withiwe wiikiit saii vandu wasye.

 

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"Before I die I will leave a legacy

by planting trees".

“Ndanamba kukwa,ningutia ngelekanyo nzeo,

Kwa kuvanda miti.”

 

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Thank you for having me

Ni muvea kwondu wa kumbithukiisya.

 

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Thank you very much

Ni muvea muno.

 

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I want to welcome our health officer...

Nienda umuthosya munene witu wa utheu…

 

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I wanted to know more about him.

So I asked if I could film him over the next month.

He said yes, but on one condition

 

 

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If we’re going to tell his story, he should also get a camera.

 

 

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Although the drought is extremely strong...

 

 

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actually my farm is different from others

 

 

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Fruit trees

 

 

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Cassava plants

 

 

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and also mango trees

 

 

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So I'm proud.

I'm proud of what I'm doing

 

 

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I liked Kisilu and his family immediately.

They were joyful and optimistic despite the droughts.

Hoping that this new rainy season would be better than the last.

 

 

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He had studied farming techniques years ago and he tried sharing it within his community ever since.

Maybe that’s why he took to the camera.

He wanted someone to listen to him.

 

 

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Christine

 

 

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What can you say

about rain today?

 

 

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Now, I think...

 

 

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When we look on the sky...

 

 

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it seems as if

it will rain soon.

 

 

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Are you happy with it?

 

 

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I am very happy with it

 

 

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because it’s the mother

of all living things

 

 

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in the world

 

 

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Kisilu would tell me about the wonderful smell that would come when dry soil meets thunderous rain.

 

 

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How the landscape turned from red to green,

and how the birdsong would fill the mornings. 

 

 

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But the season moved on through days and days and the rains never really came.

 

 

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Our father has come with firewood

 

 

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I have bought firewood

 

 

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And Maize flour

 

 

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Did you hear that Esther?

 

 

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- I've been gone long?

- Yeah

 

 

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- Sorry.

 

 

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- How much were these?

- Not much

 

 

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Now you know that you can not have maize

and have money at the same time?

 

 

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You have maize, you have no money

 

 

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Can you cook money for these children?

 

 

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Probably not, so!

 

 

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Kisilu was always busy, so even as we moved into the third week of the drought, I did not feel that worried.

 

 

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He had faith in his plants and he always knew what he was doing.

 

 

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Who sent you home from school?

Nuu ula wautuma musyi kuma sukulu?

 

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The chairlady, Kasyoka.

Ni chairlady Kasyoka.

 

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The chairlady?

Ati chairlady?

 

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- She sent you home?

- Yes

-autuma musyi?

-yii

 

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- And Mercy could stay?

- Yes, Mercy went to class.

-Na mercy atiwa?

-yii,mercy athi kilasini.

 

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- Has she gone to study?

-niwathi kusoma?

 

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- Yes, she was paid for.

-yii nunaiviiwe.

 

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I see.

Nionaa.

 

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Don’t worry,

I’ll pay the school fees when we harvest

Ndukamake,

Ninguiva kielo kya sukulu twaketha.

 

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s, t

 

 

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u, v

 

 

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w, x

 

 

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y and z

 

 

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Very good.

 

 

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Well the...

 

 

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Signs of the rain are completely full.

 

 

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Clouds...

 

 

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temperatures of the weather

tells us that

 

 

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it might rain.

 

 

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But then it's not raining really.

 

 

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Unlike previous days...

 

 

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when rain used to show signs.

 

 

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When I was a child we slept outside, hiding

 

 

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My father used to always be a drunkard

 

 

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On his coming we all have to hide ourselves

 

 

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because he would start beating whoever he comes across

 

 

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Beating

 

 

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Refusing food and beating

 

 

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So in most cases we slept outside, hiding

 

 

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The drought was increasing and People were saying it would be the worst drought in decades. Most of the men kisilu knew had already  been forced to move away from their families in search of jobs in the city's.

 

 

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Who is a good father?

 

 

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What are the qualities of a good father?

 

 

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I can't think of going away

and leave this, my home

 

 

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and I will not give up

 

 

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I need some money to buy a motorbike to start a boda boda [taxi]

 

 

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Because when it's so dry it can

take the place of earning me some income

 

 

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within my home area

 

 

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Kisilu, have you got that report?

Kisilu,wina livoti isu?

 

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Which one?

Meva?

 

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The one with the new rules.

Ala mena miao myeu.

 

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What is it saying?

Measya ata?

 

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The bank shares that you have

are too few.

Maukwati maku ma vengi ni manini muno.

 

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You can't get the loan.

Ndutonya ukwata mukovo.

 

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Do you understand?

Nukuelewa?

 

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She said "My father...

 

 

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don't die."

 

 

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And for sure, I promised her

I won't die.

 

 

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"Don't die."

 

 

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Grace...

 

 

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Gracie

 

 

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Now the rain is coming.

It won’t take half an hour, for it to arrive here

 

 

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Don't film me!

 

 

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I am very happy.

 

 

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Very happy.

 

 

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I'm very happy, because of the rain

we will have a lot of water.

 

 

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Even Juliet is very happy for the rain.

 

 

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I think we need to go in to save the equipment soon

 

 

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00:21:05:17

Yeah, it's raining heavily now

 

 

00:21:06:10

00:21:08:08

I'm getting quite...

 

 

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00:21:12:08

I can't do it

 

 

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Has this ever happened before?

 

 

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No.

 

 

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I was terrified. I felt the wind could come back anytime and blow us all away, just like it did to the roof.

 

 

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Lucky that nobody...

Has anybody been injured?

 

 

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00:21:21:11

No.

 

 

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00:22:51:05

Here is the roof.

 

 

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00:23:02:16

Let's see, my books

 

 

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some documents.

 

 

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We escaped these and these

 

 

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these rocks.

 

 

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00:23:33:24

We are very lucky.

 

 

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00:24:07:25

Esther!

 

 

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We have a new house.

 

 

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00:24:36:23

Were you in there?

Wai nthini?

 

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Yes

yii

 

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When the bricks were falling, you

were still in there?

Yila mavali mavalukaa,wai vau nthini?

 

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We were right there.

Twai nthini.

 

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It's a real shame, now my

underwear is left all over the place.

Ni nthoni nthei,yu sulwali wakwa wa

Nthini nuu vaa utheini

 

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It is another happy morning.

 

 

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Nobody is sick, nobody has

got any injuries.

 

 

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But then...

 

 

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we have slept with the problems

 

 

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A lot of house, more than 30 houses now

are left with no roofs

 

 

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even others are fallen totally

 

 

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Then this is very much terrifying

 

 

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00:25:55:05

Thank you for the rain

 

 

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but then to me it means migrating from the

rain problem to the house problem

 

 

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Now I'm left with no house

 

 

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00:26:41:11

After finishing my schooling

 

 

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I moved out of my home area

 

 

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dreaming that I would

get a very big job.

 

 

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I stayed out for almost nine years

 

 

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to realise I am doing a lot of nothing.

 

 

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00:27:04:10

After my father died, I decided to come home

 

 

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and to see whether I can create any way possible

 

 

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for me and my family’s survival in the community

 

 

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00:27:36:15

My friends they have

 

 

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told me to get some things

to rescue the house.

 

 

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00:27:46:09

After hearing that the

house has collapsed

 

 

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he promised me some trees.

 

 

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A neighbour came to the rescue and gave Kisilu some damaged trees

In the following days we helped repair his house

I did not realise it back then, but I think that was the moment we became friends.

 

 

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Going through the storm had changed us and maybe the community too.

Kisilu hoped this could be his chance to finally get through to the other farmers.

He asked to speak in the church service that day.

 

 

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I can see that you’ve been

terrified by the storm

Ningwona nimu utelemilwe ni itulumo

 

00:29:21:23

00:29:24:15

I was also affected.

Onakwa nindelemile

 

00:29:25:14

00:29:27:22

Unity, tolerance and

patience bears fruit.

Ngwatanio,umiisyo,na uumwe nisyaa matunda

 

00:29:28:04

00:29:29:12

Do you know what I mean?

Nimuukuelewa undu ngwasya?

 

00:29:29:21 

00:29:32:06

We can adapt by planting trees

No tutonye kwambiiya kuvanda miti

 

00:29:32:10

00:29:34:23

It’s got so hot everywhere

Kunai kuvyu muno kila vandu

 

00:29:36:10

00:29:38:15

Take care of the natural trees.

Undu wa mbee kusuvia ila ya Ngai

 

00:29:38:18

00:29:42:20

Plant trees where there are none.

Are we together?

Vandai miti vala vate miti

Twiimwi?

 

00:29:42:24

00:29:48:16

If you have no idea how it’s done,

call me and we’ll plant together.

Ketha ndwina umanyi undu utonya kwika,

Mbite na nituuvanda imwi. Ona weetha ni itula .nyi ndinakwia uthi ilovi ukauwe mbeu

 

00:29:49:13

00:29:50:21

Do we agree on that?

Nitweetikilana vau?

 

00:29:51:19

00:29:54:12

I want to say nothing is too late

 Endwa Nienda kwasya kana vayiundu museleu

 

00:29:54:17

00:29:56:02

The time is now

Ivinda niyo yii . Athi kwa u muimi wise kwithiwa  avika niwene.

 

00:29:58:15

00:30:14:09

People seemed more open to Kisilu’s ideas.

I was glad on his behalf but also for myself as my time filming was up and it was easier leaving Kenya when I felt he was finally being listened to.

 

 

00:30:16:23

00:30:20:05

With the little piece of land that you have

Na kilungu kinini kya kitheka kila winakyo

 

00:30:20:09

00:30:23:02

please make a change today.

Kwa ndaia tumia,ika uvinduku umunthi.

 

00:30:32:09

00:30:52:06

I felt people back home in Norway could only hear Kisilu’s story they would also do more to fight climate change. 

So I showed some of our footage to some climate activists and they invited Kisilu to speak at a conference in my home city. I could almost see Kisilu smile on the other side of the phone when I told him.

 

 

00:30:54:07

00:30:57:02

This time, I’d be his host, and not a filmmaker.

 

 

00:30:59:02

00:31:01:03

Kisilu brought the camera.

 

 

00:31:11:06

00:31:13:20

It's a happy morning.

 

 

00:31:14:16

00:31:16:03

It's a happy morning in Norway.

 

 

00:31:17:21

00:31:21:00

Where the climate is very cold.

 

 

00:31:22:16

00:31:25:03

I can see trees covered with ice

 

 

00:31:29:11

00:31:34:00

Houses have to be electrified

so that human beings can survive

 

 

00:31:35:15

00:31:40:04

There is ice all over tables, 

on chairs...

 

 

00:31:41:07

00:31:46:06

in the room where they normally

pass time when the sun is out.

 

 

00:31:52:15

00:31:55:14

- Would you like a soda for later?

 

 

00:31:56:14

00:31:59:09

- Hmm.

 

 

00:32:15:19

00:32:18:09

I request everybody to

volunteer themselves.

 

 

00:32:19:03

00:32:21:15

and at least to devote

himself to this.

 

 

00:32:21:22

00:32:25:23

Because climate change

has done me that harm.

 

 

00:32:26:15

00:32:29:05

If we all say let us go and

fight climate change

 

 

00:32:29:22

00:32:30:24

I will be in the frontline.

 

 

00:32:31:03

00:32:32:05

That is what I am trying to mean.

 

 

00:32:41:01

00:32:42:17

With money or without money.

 

 

00:32:42:24

00:32:48:07

I will fight it or I will rather bite it with my

teeth if I won't have another tool.

 

 

00:32:48:14

00:32:50:12

Thank you for listening to me.

 

 

00:32:56:18

00:33:07:14

We travelled around Norway together and people really listened.

I remember people kept coming up and asking if they could fundraise for him and what would he want.

And of course, he said a motorbike.

 

 

00:33:22:14

000:33:28:02

I have to admit, it kind of made me uncomfortable for Kisilu to see the differences in our lifestyles.

 

 

00:33:31:16

00:33:35:04

I tried to hide it in Kenya but now it was impossible. 

 

 

00:33:44:13

00:33:58:13

In the end, him seeing where I came from made us closer.

So as he left Norway, I was worried we might never see each other again.

One year later, I got some tapes in the mail.

 

 

00:34:03:23

00:34:09:04

The network is doing good because now it's covering the

whole district of Mutomo

 

 

00:34:09:20

00:34:13:23

And we're often meeting

and talking more about tree planting

 

 

00:34:15:12

00:34:17:10

Norway opened my eyes.

 

 

00:34:18:09

00:34:21:07

I could see how organised

they were.

 

 

00:34:21:12

00:34:23:01

Forming a lot of groups.

 

 

00:34:23:16

00:34:27:10

I had to start thinking

wider than I used to think.

 

 

00:34:31:14

00:34:34:06

We have now attained a degree of....

 

 

00:34:34:11

00:34:38:13

membering about 47

farmers' field schools

 

 

00:34:39:22

00:34:41:09

This is a tree nursery

 

 

00:34:42:02

00:34:47:05

Intending to make 6000 seedlings

before the rain comes

 

 

00:34:53:10

00:34:57:18

Some of the Norwegian people

gave me a motorbike

 

 

00:35:57:24

00:35:03:01

which is helping me with travelling

to and from the groups

 

 

00:35:09:19

00:35:12:23

I can attend about 7 groups per day

 

 

00:35:16:21

00:35:20:19

All this has been earning me nothing else...

 

 

00:35:21:16

00:35:25:05

but promoting the spirit of tree planting

 

 

00:35:30:00

00:35:35:00

If I can manage to convince the community

to take this seriously in their farms,

 

 

00:35:36:07

00:35:37:24

we’ll have a better future

 

 

00:35:40:22

00:35:47:21

Along with the tapes was a message inviting me back to Kenya to come and see all the progress they were making.

 

 

00:36:39:01

00:36:41:17

They will be reading from here.

 

 

00:36:44:05

00:36:45:06

Do you feel ready?

 

 

00:36:46:12

00:36:48:07

I won't rush in whatever

I will be doing.

 

 

00:36:48:23

00:36:52:15

So I think I am about

to be ready.

 

 

00:36:56:16

00:36:58:04

And I think I am ready-est.

 

 

00:37:00:06

00:37:01:15

I'm ready.

 

 

00:37:40:09

00:37:42:11

What I wanted to introduce you to is

Kila ngwenda kuete kwenyu ni

 

00:37:42:22

00:37:45:13

Sometimes we don't get any rain

and sometimes too much rain.

Mavinda amwe tuikwataa mbua na angi tuikwata mbua mbingi vyu.

 

00:37:47:00

00:37:47:22

It's chaos.

Nota kau.

 

00:37:49:05

00:37:52:09

But we shouldn't lose our way

Indi tutailite kwasya nzia yitu

 

00:37:53:10

00:37:55:24

You should know that a farmer

is a great person.

Niwailite kumanya kana muimi ni mundu munene.

 

00:37:56:13

00:37:58:17

I feel like we're kings

Niiw’a ta twi asumbi

 

00:37:59:14

00:38:02:12

Our problem here is

climate change.

Thina witu vaa ni uvinduku wa nzeve.

 

00:38:02:12

00:38:09:00

Some parents are tough, their child may cry, cry and cry,

and they don’t know why.

Asyai amwe ni avyu,kana koo nokaie kakaia na mailea kumanya kitumi kya kuia ni kyau.

 

00:38:10:03

00:38:11:14

I call him a bad parent!

Uu nimwitaa musyai muthuku.

 

00:38:11:20

00:38:13:04

- What do I call him?

- A bad parent

-nailite kumwita ata?

-musyai muthuku

 

00:38:13:11

00:38:18:21

But a good parent knows something bit the baby as soon as it cries

Indi musyai museo numanyaa kana ve kindu kyauma kana yila kambiiya kuia

 

00:38:19:01

00:38:22:04

they turn the baby around and find the tick.

Nimavinduaa kana kau na kumantha mbili.

 

00:38:22:10

00:38:02:12

- This parent is?

- Good!

-Asyai aa?

-Mwikaa nesa!

 

00:38:24:09

00:38:29:04

- A tree planter is like what?

- A good parent!

-Muvandi wa muti ailye ata?

-Musyai museo!

 

00:38:30:17

00:38:35:03

I want you to plant more

trees than me.

Nienda muvande miti mingi kumbita.

 

00:38:35:17

00:38:37:04

That will be my happiness.

Usu niw’o muyo wakwa

 

00:38:38:05

00:38:39:08

It's a gift.

Ni muthinzio

 

00:38:39:24

00:38:42:01

Are you all feeling passionate?

Nimukwiw’a muyendeew’a inywoonthe?

 

00:38:42:06

00:38:43:00

Yes!

Yii!

 

00:38:51:00

00:38:53:13

When I was young I expected love

 

 

00:38:55:01

00:38:57:15

from my villagers,

from my family members.

 

 

00:38:58:16

00:39:00:07

but it was not so.

 

 

00:39:01:18

00:39:08:08

Direct due to my father, some families were not

even welcoming me when I paid them a visit

 

 

00:39:08:21

00:39:13:15

Some others could not greet me

when I passed by on the way

 

 

00:39:20:20

00:39:24:04

When I grew up I decided

not to lead such a life.

 

 

00:39:25:23

00:39:30:17

So the feeling of not loved

made me who I am.

 

 

00:39:31:18

00:39:32:21

- You’re all ok?

- Yeah

 

 

00:39:32:24

00:39:35:09

Is that your best handshake?

 

 

00:39:36:22

00:39:40:12

Now, that’s the way to say hello

 

 

00:39:46:07

00:40:01:20

Kisilu’s work had grown so much, I remember I even wrote an excited email to those activists back in Norway about the scale of what he was setting out to do.

The two of us laughed about how much had changed

 

 

00:40:20:20

00:40:22:20

Can it see you Mum?

Nitonya ukwona mami?

 

00:40:23:12

00:40:26:00

It can still see us when it's this way round.

Noitenye utwona ketha noivinduke ngaliko inu.

 

00:40:53:18

00:40:54:18

I'm very proud of him.

 

 

00:41:00:10

00:41:01:13

His community work is good...

 

 

00:41:03:14

00:41:06:07

it has a lot of benefits to the community

 

 

00:41:07:07

00:41:07:23

But to me...

 

 

00:41:11:06

00:41:12:24

I'm the loser, I am losing.

 

 

00:41:14:04

00:41:15:16

I'm losing.

 

 

00:41:17:06

00:41:18:18

It is now the rainy season

 

 

00:41:18:21

00:41:21:13

and we have to do a lot of struggle.

 

 

00:41:25:07

00:41:28:19

He is not available to do

what we are doing in our farm.

 

 

00:41:36:13

00:41:38:02

It is a very hard task.

 

 

00:41:39:07

00:41:41:22

Only for a devoted one.

 

 

00:41:57:10

00:42:15:12

The last three rainy seasons had been bad, so with a new season starting, everyone in the community had to put more efforts into their farms.

As weeks went by Kisilu was busier than ever, running everywhere, trying to keep the groups motivated.

 

 

00:42:53:11

00:42:56:04

How many more are we expecting?

Twetelete angi meana?

 

00:42:56:11

00:42:59:15

Some people turn up and do their duty

Andu amwe nimeyumilasya na kwika maundu moo

 

00:42:59:19

00:43:02:17

but others don’t turn up

Indi angi mayumilaa

 

00:43:04:09

00:43:08:14

Failing to do what needs to be done is a weakness

Kulea kwika undu twailite kwika ni wonzu

 

00:43:09:00

00:43:12:23

and I would like to ask you all to say something

Na ningwenda kumukulya imwoonthe muwete undu

 

00:43:13:11

00:43:20:00

Because it’s not paid employment.

It’s a volunteer job.

Nundu ti wia wa kuivwa.

Ni wia wa kwiiyumya

 

00:43:24:01

00:43:28:00

Does anybody else have something to say?

Ve mundu ungi wina undu wa kwasya?

 

00:43:47:02

00:43:50:12

You know when I spend the entire

day in the group...

Nimwisi yila natinda muthenya wonthe na kikundi….

 

00:43:50:16

00:43:54:08

I come out of it without

making any money.

Numaa vo ndaseuvitye mbesa ona imwe.

 

00:43:55:24

00:43:58:19

When we had problems.

Yila twaina mathina

 

00:44:00:20

00:44:03:02

Mum sat me down

and asked me

Mami niwambikalasya nthi na kungulya

 

00:44:03:10

00:44:06:05

"What does the group

benefit you?"

“kyo kikundi kii kiutethasya na kyau?”

 

00:44:07:14

00:44:09:03

So I quit.

Kwoou nume.

 

00:44:27:01

00:44:29:03

To keep the groups going

 

 

00:44:30:22

00:44:33:04

you have to overlook

some facts.

 

 

00:44:33:17

00:44:35:18

And just go to the groups.

 

 

00:44:38:11

00:44:42:11

You can be in bad terms with your family members...

 

 

00:44:42:20

00:44:48:11

Hearing that you've come from groups

and you've nothing for their bellies

 

 

00:44:29:13

00:44:53:21

Unfortunately that is a

very big problem

 

 

00:44:55:07

00:44:57:16

to some people

and to me.

 

 

00:45:35:06

00:45:38:22

This is the food I have

right now in my house.

 

 

00:45:39:23

00:45:43:03

It’s for two days.

 

 

00:45:43:13

00:45:45:06

I do sometimes...

 

 

00:45:45:10

00:45:46:14

ask him...

 

 

00:45:46:21

00:45:49:18

why are the rest of men...

 

 

00:45:50:20

00:45:53:12

now going for some...

 

 

00:45:55:21

00:45:49:09

let's say employment,

and he does not go?

 

 

00:45:59:12

00:46:04:08

 Now, how will we survive?

 

 

00:46:04:12

00:46:07:03

But he didn't.

 

 

00:46:07:14

00:46:10:11

He wasn't interested to go.

 

 

00:46:10:17

00:46:15:15

Because he was just...

 

 

00:46:17:06

00:46:18:11

a tree planter.

 

 

00:46:57:12

00:47:00:00

We talk of digging holes and planting trees

 

 

00:47:00:09

00:47:05:12

but before we get solutions to what we've been talking

something else interrupts

 

 

00:47:07:01

00:47:09:09

People talk of short term things

 

 

00:47:12:12

00:47:18:17

Now I am forced by circumstances

to start working hand to mouth kind of.

 

 

00:47:19:05

00:47:21:01

Which is very bad

according to me.

 

 

00:47:21:03

00:47:22:03

Short terms.

 

 

00:47:22:07

00:47:24:18

Doing something which

will not last for days.

 

 

00:47:25:19

00:47:27:02

That is not my habit.

 

 

00:47:27:14

00:47:30:17

But circumstances

has it that I have to do this.

 

 

00:47:30:24

00:47:33:08

Or else I miss my family.

 

 

00:47:41:01

00:47:43:04

I've sold five already.

 

 

00:47:44:24

00:47:49:02

Within a period of eight months.

 

 

00:47:51:07

00:47:55:04

I had remained with this only one.

 

 

00:47:56:00

00:48:00:03

I was hoping perhaps I would

get otherwise not to sell it.

 

 

00:48:00:11

00:48:03:15

But now, I’ve got no alternative.

 

 

00:48:20:23

00:49:4  9:13

Times were hard financially and Kisilu was frustrated to not be with his groups, but I think a part of him was also relieved to be more with  his family.

Food stores were low but their fields looked more promising than I had ever seen them. For all the tensions Kisilu’s plans had caused, they were about to bring yields to the family.

 

 

00:49:46:00

00:49:47:11

It will be a happy day

 

 

00:49:48:08

00:49:50:12

with drums full of water.

 

 

00:50:31:06

00:50:33:22

I’ve never seen

anything like it.

Ndyaaona undu ta uu.

 

00:50:34:03

00:50:35:07

Never

Ona umwe

 

00:50:38:03

00:50:39:12

Can you see this?

Nutonya kwona ii?

 

00:50:42:09

00:50:44:13

Can you see the papaya trees?

Nutonya kwona miti ya mavavai?

 

00:50:44:19

00:50:46:10

I can’t see them.

Nditonya kumona

 

00:51:0215

00:51:05:15

Maize crops,

where covering everywhere here,

 

 

00:51:05:20

00:51:08:16

but they were carried away by the rain.

 

 

00:51:13:21

00:51:17:10

It was so strong,

I’ve never faced such a flood.

 

 

00:51:48:03

00:51:53:03

I tried to select seeds to get the right variety but...

 

 

00:51:54:23

00:51:58:05

They are turning yellow because of

the amount of water.

 

 

00:52:17:04

00:52:22:13

A five year old papaya plant

 

 

00:52:22:22

00:52:28:19

which has been profitable to me,

just to fall down within a day.

 

 

00:52:33:21

00:52:37:01

The other season we

were crying no rain.

 

 

00:52:37:20

00:52:40:06

“No rain, no rain, no rain”.

 

 

00:52:40:10

00:52:43:17

And really there was no rain.

 

 

00:52:43:21

00:52:48:18

Now we are talking of flood.

 

 

00:52:48:23

00:52:51:16

Everything is being contradicted.

 

 

00:53:17:11

00:53:20:15

Planning, failures,

planning, failures.

 

 

00:53:23:02

00:53:26:09

I've planned,

but I could not perform.

 

 

00:53:29:07

00:53:29:23

There is an inner person

 

 

00:53:30:01

00:53:33:09

who is judging you, telling you

"Perhaps you may be wrong?"

 

 

00:53:37:04

00:53:41:19

Whatever effort I put in this,

I will have no impact on it.

 

 

00:54:09:13

00:54:13:24

Small insects have

done a lot of work.

 

 

00:54:14:05

00:54:17:22

an indication that they have harvested

enough for themselves.

 

 

00:54:18:13

00:54:21:21

Despite the fact that

they are very small.

 

 

00:54:22:00

00:54:26:15

they have power in coming together

and work together.

 

 

00:54:29:13

00:54:33:11

If insects are deciding

for their lives

 

 

00:54:33:21

00:54:38:08

I wonder why human beings

are not doing it.

 

 

00:54:40:16

00:54:45:02

It is an indication that surely we

are not serious with our lives.

 

 

00:54:45:19

00:54:47:05

We are not serious.

 

 

00:56:31:03

00:56:31:25

Devotion...

 

 

00:56:34:08

00:56:35:09

is submission...

 

 

00:56:36:00

00:56:41:00

by someone who is willing.

 

 

00:56:43:12

00:56:46:17

The first time I saw him I was

not interested

 

 

00:56:47:23

00:56:51:09

I told him to go,

because I'm not ready for that.

 

 

00:56:55:00

00:56:56:21

He still kept on

talking to me

 

 

00:56:57:00

00:56:58:17

Writing letters.

 

 

00:56:59:09

00:57:01:12

"I'll be the only..."

 

 

00:57:01:20

00:57:03:02

woman for him."

 

 

00:57:08:23

00:57:10:23

I saw a courageous man...

 

 

00:57:11:09

00:57:13:10

who could persuade

someone to agree

 

 

00:57:14:15

00:57:16:19

and to fall in love.

 

 

00:57:21:21

00:57:24:03

I have to change

 

 

00:57:24:21

00:57:29:04

I have to tolerate

all that Kisilu is.

 

 

00:58:08:08

00:58:09:03

What size do you want?

Wienda kiana ata?

 

00:58:09:07

00:58:10:11

- What size do I want?

-ai kiana ata?

 

00:58:11:03

00:58:12:24

I don’t even know

Ona ndyisi

 

00:58:15:17

00:58:16:24

I don’t know much about sizes

Ndyisi yiulu wa uasa

 

00:58:17:03

00:58:18:08

- You don’t know it?

- Not at all

-Ati ndwisi?-

-Yii vyu

 

00:58:18:12

00:58:19:21

Okay then

Nisawa indi

 

00:58:20:06

00:58:22:10

I really don’t know my size

Niw’o ndyisi uasa wakwa

 

00:58:22:14

00:58:24:00

No problem

Vai thina

 

00:58:24:07

00:58:26:02

Here is the dark blue

 Ula wa mbuluu ngwatu nuyu

 

00:58:26:12

00:58:28:24

What size of trousers do you wear?

Wikiaa muvuuto numba syiana?

 

00:58:29:04

00:58:32:07

On the waist?

Thirty or thirty-one

Vaa kinyunyu?

Miongo itatu kana miongo itatu na imwe

 

00:58:33:06

00:58:54:04

The Norwegian activists and I had written a letter to the UN, letting them know about Kisilu’s story and his ongoing work organising the community.

A year later we finally got an answer inviting Kisilu to speak on behalf of farmers at the United Nations Climate Conference in Paris.

 

 

00:58:56:13

00:58:57:23

Will you wear a tie?

Nukekia tai?

 

00:58:58:02

00:58:59:15

Of course

yii

 

00:59:02:22

00:59:04:22

Ah! It says Paris!

Ah!ou niw’o mekwasya kuya paris!

 

00:59:15:17

00:59:16:11

It’s a nice colour, right?

Ni langi museo,tisawa?

 

00:59:17:14

00:59:21:08

You have to wear this kind of suit over there

Nonginya wikie wikie suti inu kuu

 

00:59:22:07

00:59:23:03

It looks good

Ni nzeo

 

00:59:24:16

00:59:25:19

Very smart

 mbanakavye muno

 

00:59:29:13

00:59:30:15

So it fits well?

Kwoou nikwianie nesa?

 

00:59:33:01

00:59:35:23

He looks like Grandad!

Ailye ta nau wa andu!

 

00:59:38:02

00:59:40:14

Take your eyes off of me

Umya metho maku kula nii

 

00:59:44:06

00:59:47:00

Alright now you can pack them

Nisawa yu nousyove vamwe

 

01:00:08:09

01:00:11:13

I’m a little bit sad because I am leaving for some days

 

 

01:00:13:19

01:00:16:06

but I’m not that much worried because,

 

 

01:00:16:21

01:00:18 :17

I’m leaving for my family’s future

 

 

01:00:31:03

01:00:33:15

This is my chance to share my story

 

 

01:00:34:20

01:00:37:04

and represent farmers from dry lands

 

 

01:00:40:10

01:00:44:04

The story that I have is an alarm to everybody

 

 

01:01:00:18

01:01:04:22

40,000 negotiators from nearly 200 countries

are descending on the French capital...

 

 

01:01:05:01

01:01:09:04

for the United Nations Conference On Climate Change,

or COP 21

 

 

01:01:10:10

01:01:13:21

And the decisions they make will have a great impact on how we live our lives...

 

 

01:01:14:05

01:01:15:16

and that of future generations

 

 

01:01:17:16

01:01:19:05

We're here with Kisilu from Kenya

 

 

01:01:19:11

01:01:22:00

- Kisilu welcome

- Thank you

 

 

01:01:22:07

01:01:26:15

You are also going to try and fight with the world leaders

 

 

01:01:26:21

01:01:27:21

why?

 

 

01:01:28:02

01:01:31:13

I'm going to represent farmers

from arid lands

 

 

01:01:32:05

01:01:38:15

I will also request them to involve us in planning

and also decision making

 

 

01:01:39:02

01:01:41:02

Do you think they will listen to you?

 

 

01:01:41:07

01:01:43:06

Probably.

I hope so, yeah

 

 

01:01:43:13

01:01:44:07

I hope so

 

 

01:01:44:11

01:01:47:18

- Thank you so much for coming Kisilu

- Thank you

 

 

01:02:13:00

01:02:13:19

Kisilu Where are we going?

 

 

01:02:15:13

01:02:17:17

Let’s go, I’ll say some other time.

 

 

01:02:17:22

01:02:19:00

But we need it now.

 

 

01:02:20:17

01:02:20:30

Where are we going?

 

 

01:02:21:08

01:02:22:21

What are you calling it?

 

 

01:02:23:19

01:02:25:10

The grand hall.

 

 

01:02:26:03

01:02:32:22

We are going to the hall of

leaders of United Nations.

 

 

01:02:41:12

01:03:25:15

What should give us hope that this is a turning point is the fact that our nations share a sense of urgency about this challenge and a growing realisation that it is within our power to do something about it. Right here. Right now.

If we place our own short-term interest behind the air that our young people will breathe and the food that they will eat and and the water that they will drink and the hopes and dreams that sustain their lives, then we won’t be too late for them. When they look back and they see what we did here in Paris, they can take pride in our achievement. Thank you very much.

 

 

01:03:30:24

01:03:33:00

- Things are going well here

- Good eh?

 

 

01:03:33:19

01:03:35:09

Are the kids alright?

 

 

01:03:36:11

01:03:39:10

They are fine.

We are fine

 

 

01:03:39:14

01:03:40:19

and the rains ?

 

 

01:03:41:15

01:03:01:19

Good. It’s raining

 

 

01:03:44:08

01:03:45:17

Today is a big day.

 

 

01:03:46:06

01:03:51:18

I will be interviewed,

and talking at a really big conference

 

 

01:03:54:05

01:03:57:19

I’ll call in the afternoon and tell you what we achieved

 

 

01:03:58:12

01:04:00:00

All right

 

 

01:04:14:19

01:04:19:21

So I think we’ll do our quick run-through now, so you can meet everyone from our event.

 

 

01:04:33:12

01:04:38:04

We're going to start with a film clip

and a presentation from Kisilu...

 

 

01:04:38:18

01:04:43:04

about his experiences as a farmer in Kenya

dealing with climate impacts

 

 

01:04:43:24

01:04:46:23

So Lindiwe you'll be introducing

him as the first speaker

 

 

01:04:47:17

01:04:51:14

and also give him some background on why are we here...

 

 

01:05:03:01

01:05:04:05

You need to wear it

 

 

01:05:05:00

01:05:06:23

I've set it

 

 

01:05:19:14

01:05:21:09

I would like to press a cry

 

 

01:05:22:07

01:05:23:24

on behalf of other farmers

 

 

01:05:24:12

01:05:30:18

If we can be supported only by joining in means

of reducing the carbon in our atmosphere,

 

 

01:05:30:23

01:05:36:17

that will bring formular to our seasons,

our rainy seasons

 

 

01:05:36:22

01:05:42:07

farmers can depend on themselves

and themselves without crying for any support

 

 

01:05:43:00

01:05:44:23

That is as much as I can say

 

 

01:05:46:00

01:05:46:13

Thank you

 

 

01:05:54:05

01:05:55:11

Let's do it

 

 

01:05:58:18

01:06:07:11

The room  was filled with policy-makers, government delegates and journalists, and Kisilu spoke with the same spirit as he always did with his community back home.

 

 

01:06:18:16

01:06:13:10

… and I am happy that everybody now

is moved to see what to do about climate change

 

 

01:06:14:03

01:06:19:02

I went round involving my villagers and

and also some distant villagers

 

 

01:06:19:18

01:06:21:18

To make sure we are doing it

 

 

01:06:22:01

01:06:24:11

But altogether that was not enough

 

 

01:06:24:19

01:06:26:23

Now I can boast on...

 

 

01:06:27:03

01:06:28:14

and move on to say this:

 

 

01:06:29:15

01:06:34:12

from the panel, even in the front there,

from the audience

 

 

01:06:35:01

01:06:38:21

I've come to know that

everybody is a climate fighter

 

 

01:06:39:04

01:06:44:18

and is supporting the fighting for climate

 

 

01:06:45:20

01:06:51:10

So I've a lot to go home and tell Christine

 

 

01:06:52:07

01:06:58:07

Not even Christine, to tell the community.

I'm sure they're expectantly waiting for me

 

 

01:07:07:12

01:07:10:20

 You spoke very well.

It was a really good session.

 

 

01:07:12:00

01:07:15:24

Good luck with all your work

 

 

01:07:13:08

01:07:42:0

- Excellent my friend

- Thank you, thank you

 

 

01:07:16:22

01:07:17:08

Oh this is the farmer?

 

 

01:07:18:12

01:07:21:13

I do my farming in Kibwezi… yes

Nikaa uimi wakwa kibwezi..yii

 

01:07:21:17

01:07:22:20

Smile for the camera

 

 

01:07:23:07

01:07:26:17

1, 2, 3

1, 2, 3

 

 

01:07:27:01

01:07:27:19

Perfect

 

 

01:07:27:23

01:07:30:18

So we're mixing our crops with trees

 

 

01:07:30:22

01:07:33:19

Which will benefit the farmers directly

 

 

01:07:33:24

01:07:37:14

And also, in the long term,

will bring change

 

 

01:07:37:21

01:07:38:24

That's great.

Thank you very much

 

 

01:07:41:17

01:07:43:19

I tried my level best to answer them

 

 

01:07:44:11

01:07:46:03

and it was all okay

 

 

01:07:47:03

01:07:48:24

You're becoming a celebrity

 

 

01:07:49:17

01:07:50:00

Everyone knows you

 

 

01:08:02:19

01:08:08:17

Sometimes we get rain one month late

Sometimes, we get it one month early

 

 

01:08:39:13

01:08:41:03

Now it is the second week in Paris

 

 

01:08:42:07

01:08:43:03

I'm happy

 

 

01:08:44:00

01:08:45:09

I've gained a new strength

 

 

01:08:46:11

01:08:47:18

I've gained a new spirit

 

 

01:08:49:01

01:08:50:16

and also a new determination

 

 

01:08:52:06

01:08:57:20

So a combination of all of this

makes a new Kisilu

 

 

01:08:58:23

01:09:00:04

A strong one this time

 

 

01:09:10:20 

01:09:28:24

I felt a buzz in the air, I remember the excitement as we were heading to Kisilu’s next speech. Three years of negotiations leading up to this conference and people were saying this time it could really end with a historical deal we’d all been hoping for.

 

 

01:09:35:09

01:09:36:23

This is for India

 

 

01:09:42:03

01:09:47:01

Is that real water?

Or is it just an imitation?

 

 

01:09:51:11

01:09:52:10

No it's real

 

 

01:09:55:05

01:09:56:01

Yeah it's water!

 

 

01:10:12:15

01:10:18:11

Kisilu, yesterday the Indian minister you see there

on the screen

 

 

01:10:18:16

01:10:20:17

He made a statement and said

 

 

01:10:21:17

01:10:24:25

India has the right to pollute the atmosphere

 

 

01:10:27:00

01:10:33:03

Because all the other countries have

developed using fossil fuels

 

 

01:10:33:15

01:10:38:10

India has the right to also develop

using the same mechanisms

 

 

01:10:39:02

01:10:41:03

This pavilion is a bit deceiving

 

 

01:10:41:17

01:10:43:03

A very bad statement

 

 

01:09:44:05

01:09:47:14

They have to think again

and withdraw the statement.

 

 

01:11:06:06

01:11:08:08

- How are you?

- Dada

 

 

01:11:08:12

01:11:10:07

What present would you like?

 

 

01:11:12:07

01:11:14:00

- What shall I bring?

- Soda

 

 

01:11:19:22

01:11:21:19

Are you all fine?

 

 

01:11:24:16

01:11:27:11

I'll send you something for Christmas....

 

 

01:11:30:21

01:11:34:24

Yes, I'll send you wheat flour,

you hear that?

 

 

01:11:36:17

01:11:37:16

Talk to Mum

 

 

01:11:38:05

01:11:47:07

- What do you have to say?

- I need to take the babies to the doctor in Mutomo

 

 

01:11:47:11

01:11:51:05

- Are they sick?

- They're not well

 

 

01:11:51:11

01:11:53:04

Do you have any money?

 

 

01:11:54:15

01:11:58:07

I only have the money for half the journey

 

 

01:12:00:02

01:12:04:10

If I may say,

why don't you wait until Monday?

 

 

01:12:05:24

01:12:08:03

Wait and take them on Monday when you have money

 

 

01:12:08:15

01:12:10:22

We pray that things go on well for you

 

 

01:12:11:11

01:12:14:15

Stay well and keep on praying

 

 

01:12:16:01

01:12:18:16

Stay well and keep on praying, you hear me?

 

 

01:12:19:13

01:12:21:15

- Yes

- Thank you then

 

 

01:12:22:24

01:12:26:19

- OK have a nice time

- OK, say hello to Mum

 

 

01:12:41:12

01:13:02:09

Surely many people at the conference felt that reaching a deal was important for their future, but sometimes it felt like they saw it more as a game. To Kisilu it wasn’t. Tension was rising as negotiations had moved behind closed doors and we were desperate for updates.

 

 

01:13:03:10

01:04:02:00

- Hello

- Hi

 

 

01:13:04:16

01:06:03:02

- How're you?

- Fine

 

 

01:13:06:24

01:13:07:15

Do we have a new step?

 

 

01:13:09:15

01:13:10:05

A new step forward?

 

 

01:13:10:19

01:13:14:21

There has been quite some swearing even,

in the negotiations today

 

 

01:13:16:05

01:13:18:07

People have been asked to go to Hell

 

 

01:13:19:14

01:13:22:11

Yeah, it's pretty far from reaching a compromise

 

 

01:13:24:15

01:13:26:10

What's the big reason for this?

 

 

01:13:27:22

01:13:33:23

Do they mean that they're not affected in any way?

How can you say?

 

 

01:13:35:03

01:13:39:02

It will involve a lot of money

that they don't want to pay

 

 

01:13:39:10

01:13:42:21

They've got the money but they don't

want to spend it in this way

 

 

01:13:44:17

01:13:48:15

If you listen carefully to some of the speeches,

like Obama...

 

 

01:13:48:19

01:13:53:12

they're saying a lot of good words but avoid words like

'equity'

 

 

01:13:54:02

01:13:55:15

they avoid words like 'right'

 

 

01:13:55:20

01:13:56:22

They don't want that

 

 

01:13:57:01

01:13:58:07

and in the end...

 

 

01:14:58:20

01:14:02:15

maybe they don't even care either

 

 

01:14:04:00

01:14:06:09

It is a sad story to me

 

 

01:14:08:02

01:14:10:18

I was not looking for that, surely

 

 

01:14:12:03

01:14:14:04

I was very much looking forward

 

 

01:14:14:11

01:14:17:03

to see us coming together, act

 

 

01:14:21:00

01:14:22:08

But it is not over yet

 

 

01:14:33:07

 

01:14:39:15

 

I'm not pleased with answers that I'm

getting from a few people

 

 

01:14:40:14

01:14:53:22

We have bigger problems right now. To have the president be there for an extended period of time talking about global warming being the biggest problem facing this country is insane. It'll get warmer, it'll get cooler, it's called weather. See a lot of people don’t know this…

 

 

01:14:54:08

01:15:01:16

I'm very much disappointed that

we may not come to agreement as I expected

 

 

01:15:02:19

01:15:04:17

Then I'll lose strength

 

 

01:15:06:18

01:15:08:12

on all the time I've wasted here

 

 

01:15:09:15

01:15:12:05

Then I fail to achieve my goal

 

 

01:15:50:08

01:15:56:00

It's a very busy day.

It's my last day in the COP

 

 

01:15:56:18

01:16:01:06

So I have a very busy day today

 

 

01:16:13:11

01:16:17:21

We've entered the final stretch of negotiations

at the U.N Climate Change summit

 

 

01:16:18:09

01:16:21:19

as representatives attempt to reach a final deal

before the weekend

 

 

01:16:22:20

01:16:24:17

A near final draft was released

 

 

01:16:25:16

01:16:30:12

Civil society groups attending the summit

erupted in protest over the draft saying

 

 

01:16:33:22

01:16:34:11

it will not go far enough to prevent catastrophic

global warming

 

 

01:16:38:10

01:16:42:10

The text came out today and it's completely unacceptable

it's going to burn our planet

 

 

01:16:42:20

01:16:46:22

They have polluted our atmosphere for

200 hundred years

 

 

01:16:47:03

01:16:51:04

and their wealth is based upon our poverty

 

 

01:16:55:14

01:17:01:08

We need action now and we know who is blocking it. The biggest fossil fuel companies on earth.

 

 

01:17:02:24

01:17:05:00

After almost two weeks in Paris...

 

 

01:17:05:10

01:17:06:35

Do you feel the leaders have listened to you?

 

 

01:17:08:14

01:17:10:13

They never wanted to listen to me

 

 

01:17:11:21

01:17:14:00

they have not experienced it practically

 

 

01:17:14:19

01:17:16:10

Even in the COP they're hiding themselves...

 

 

01:17:16:15

01:17:18:09

because they don't face the reality

 

 

01:17:19:21

01:17:23:05

So some are sharing it and they're understanding,

others are not

 

 

01:17:23:12

01:17:24:19

Totally are not

 

 

01:17:38:22

01:17:40:13

COP 21 is a battlefield

 

 

01:17:42:15

01:17:45:13

You're there to be seen, not to be heard

 

 

01:17:54:13

01:17:55:16

I'm afraid!

 

 

01:17:58:00

01:18:04:04

I'm doing my level best to spread my justice

because I'm revealing my secrets of poverty to my friends

 

 

01:18:05:03

01:18:08:17

to see how much the climate

change is doing to us

 

 

01:18:08:23

01:18:10:10

That is one justice I'm spreading

 

 

01:18:12:13

01:18:13:16

And that is my richness

 

 

01:18:16:00

01:18:17:24

What I have I'm giving my friends

 

 

01:18:19:08

01:18:20:20

That is as much as I have

 

 

01:18:24:02

01:18:27:03

Every leader is like a parent.

I expect every leader to be as a parent

 

 

01:18:29:12

01:18:36:10

and I expect everybody to do as I'm doing.

I'm expecting that from my leaders

 

 

01:18:36:14

01:18:41:15

I can become a child to every leader,

expecting services from him

 

 

01:18:47:09

01:18:48:20

Very bad

 

 

01:18:51:08

01:18:52:00

Very bad

 

 

01:19:09:18

01:19:31:09

I didn’t know what to say. I felt sick. Like, we were alien in this conference.

I remember back to that cloudless night five years ago when we just met. He used to have so much hope.

 

 

01:19:35:16

01:19:37:05

I agree Kisilu

 

 

01:19:37:12

01:19:39:09

I also expect the same as you

 

 

01:19:48:11

01:19:54:05

And I find it very hard to understand

why it cannot be that way

 

 

01:20:05:22

01:20:08:12

If I had my own world

 

 

01:20:12:18

01:20:14:10

and power

 

 

01:20:16:17

01:20:20:00

I could select some leaders and take them there to starve

 

 

01:20:21:24

01:20:28:04

In order that they can understand what it means,

by a starving community

 

 

01:20:30:20

01:20:38:05

But because I don't have powers

let them keep on enjoying in expense of others

 

 

01:21:48:23

01:21:56:17

After running into overtime a deal was struck in Paris

setting out ambitious plans to limit global temperature rise

 

 

01:21:59:03

01:22:09:00

Yet many say it does not contain strong enough commitments to

prevent irreversible damage to our planet

 

 

01:22:22:16

01:22:23:14

It is another morning.

 

 

01:22:25:05

01:22:27:15

I’ve woken up strongly as usual.

 

 

01:22:27:20

01:22:30:24

Moving out to my daily activities.

 

 

01:22:33:05

01:22:40:00

With the support of Christine, Kisilu continues his groups

The network is bigger than ever

 

 

01:22:43:04

01:22:46:21

Climate change has brought about different

effects in different regions

Uvinduku wa nzeve uetete mathina kivathukanyo isioni syikivathukanyo

 

01:22:47:17

01:22:51:16

I’ll tell you that in places like India the

effects are different

Nienda ukwia kana kundu ta India ,mathina me kivathukanyo

 

01:22:51:22

01:22:58:12

They live close to the ocean where the seas

swell, and cover houses and people

Mekalaa vakuvi na ukanga ,ovala kiwu kingivaa na kuvwika nyumba na andu

 

01:22:59:11

01:23:02:23

But out area will be dry and bare forever.

Indi nza  nthi yithwaa yi nthei na numu tene na tene

 

01:23:03:20

01:23:08:15

We are here today so that we can learn to

do things differently in our area

Twivaa umunthi tumanye undu tutonya kwika maundu kivathukanyo isioni syitu

 

01:23:11:15

01:23:12:20

Yes, I’m speaking from the heart

Yii,nineena kuma ngooni yakwa

 

01:23:14:07

01:23:21:11

The group now regularly sells surplus food

and Kisilu uses his share to support his children's education

 

 

01:23:23:06

01:23:25:02

How was my speech?

Uneeni wakwa wii ilye ata?

 

01:23:26:06

01:23:27:07

The speech was excellent

Wii uneeni museo

 

01:23:28:08

01:23:30:09

It was really great

Wiiwa kwendeesya

 

01:23:32:16

01:23:33:14

But still I’m afraid

 

 

01:23:35:14

01:23:39:05

Are we to fight the climate change,

or the climate change will fight us?

 

 

01:23:44:12

01:23:47:12

If you know anything good

and you don’t do it...

 

 

01:23:51:07

01:23:55:14

the whole world will blame you on that.

 

 

01:23:56:21

01:23:58:20

To avoid being blamed

 

 

01:23:59:02

01:24:00:08

I will try my level best

 

 

01:24:02:23

01:24:03:11     

To do it.

 

 

 

 

CREDITS

 

 

This compelling human portrait asks what the future holds when clear evidence of climate change presents itself and the most powerful politicians in the world choose to do nothing. [...] An inspiring portrait of individual who knows that if one loves this planet, one must do all one can to save it."POV Magazine

"As a climate change researcher, I found Julia Dahr's film a must-see documentary."Sheffield Hallam University

"A look not only at the effects of climate change, but of the dedication it takes to be an activist and family man at the same time [...] An impassioned plea for climate change action."Toronto Film Scene

"It is the greatest injustice of our time and age that those who did nothing to cause climate change are first and hardest hit, whilst we who have done most to cause the greenhouse effect are hit last and least. In Thank You For The Rain we see the frontlines in the battle against climate change. Thank You For The Rain should be a wakeup call for all."

Jan Egeland
UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, 2003-06.
Co-chair of the UN High Level Panel for Global Climate Services, 2009-10.

Citation

Main credits

Dahr, Julia (film director)
Dahr, Julia (screenwriter)
Dahr, Julia (filmmaker)
Hartford, Hugh (film producer)
Hartford, Hugh (screenwriter)
Musaya, Kisilu (on-screen participant)
Musaya, Kisilu (filmmaker)
Kisilu, Christina Wayua (on-screen participant)

Other credits

Director of photography, Julie Lunde Lillesæter; editor, Adam Thomas; composer, Chris White.


Distributor credits

Hartford, Hugh

Dahr, Julia

Main credits

Dahr, Julia (film director)
Dahr, Julia (screenwriter)
Dahr, Julia (filmmaker)
Hartford, Hugh (film producer)
Hartford, Hugh (screenwriter)
Musaya, Kisilu (on-screen participant)
Musaya, Kisilu (filmmaker)
Kisilu, Christina Wayua (on-screen participant)

Other credits

Director of photography, Julie Lunde Lillesæter; editor, Adam Thomas; composer, Chris White.

Docuseek2 subjects

Documentary Films
Food
Government Policy
Environment
Environmental Justice
Environmentalists
Habitat Destruction
Water
Geography
Community
Sociology
Farming
Forestry
Ethnography
African Studies
Economics
Filmmaking
Indigenous Studies
Climate Change
Sustainability
Women's Studies
Hunger
Poverty
Rural Studies
Environmental Sociology
Kenya

Distributor subjects

Africa,Climate Change,Climate Refugees,Education,Environment,Gender Equality,Gender Studies,Human Rights,Sustainability,Urbanization,African Studies,Gender Studies,Climatology,Geography,Dryland Farming,Media Studies,Environmental Science,Political Science,Environmental Studies,Sociology,Film Studies Sustainability,

Keywords

; "Thank You for the Rain"; Global Environmental Justice; Icarus films; Kenya; Africa; environment; agriculture; United Nations Climate Talks; climate change; urbanization; globalization; gender equality; education; sustainability; Kisilu Musya; dryland agiculture; farming; flood; environmental justice; extreme weather; Christina Wayua Kisilu; Julia Dahr;

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