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We are a grassroots media collective providing a means of expression to informal settlement communities in Kenya by providing the pertinent tools for this.

With a vision of radically redefining image of the informal settlement we use film as an empowerment and development tool while networking with other similar minded organizations in raising awareness nationally and internationally about the lives of informal dwellers.

EVERYTHING started with a collective show of Austrian artists at the Alliance Française in Nairobi in March 2006, Economy class. Here different perspectives and attitudes of a group of artists coming from Vienna (Barbara Husar, Michael Lampert, Alexander Nikolić and Lukas Pusch), and of an artist living in Nairobi, Sam Hopkins, meet with those of the inhabitants of Mathare, a slum of 500,000 people in Nairobi. During the time “Fred and Julius (Mathare inhabitants) told us that they had participated in a German documentary a year ago…one third of the other participants had already died….so we got the idea to found Slum TV. In this way we began…developed…. numerous interviews to a small documentary about the problems and perspectives in Mathare and a first general test for Slum TV.” Lukas Pusch.

“..........It is not uncommon for visiting dignitaries to wonder around Mathare in a press jaunt. However, I had the impression that the local audience did perceive us as different. So developing from this experience onto Slum TV, I think what I am most interested in is the issue of primary and secondary audience.” Sam Hopkins.

“....working for years with process-oriented works, that produce public sphere…I started before going to Nairobi to get contacts with interested people. Sam Hopkins was our first contact, and for me it was clear, after I saw the works he did, that I want to work with that guy. I started earlier, to think about archives, and how to make them public….i wanted to work something out in the field of media….with Sam Hopkins, we found the person who had cooperated with people from Mathare Slums.” Alexander Nikolic.

Alexander Nikolic, Lukas Pusch and Sam Hopkins are the Slum TV co-founders. The comments were extracted above were extracted from this interview with Lucrezia Cipitteli.

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