Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has partnered with Canon to bring back the iconic Nairobi Cinema and launch Sinema Mashinani programme set to promote film in Kenya.
The program came alive after the government finally handed over the operations of Kenya Cinema to them from the caretakers of the building who run Uchumi House.
“Sinema Mashinani is in line with the President’s Big Four agenda, under the manufacturing pillar, and will promote the Kenyan cultural diversity, consumption of local film talent, capacity building and re-energise the film industry,” he said.
The program was mainly used in the 70s and 80s when movies were a hard thing to come by. Mutua said this time around it will be focused on promoting talent and giving youths a platform.
“Through this government initiative, young people will be facilitated to come up with creative productions at the local level encompassing our cultural and social diversity which also uphold our moral values.” he said.
On social media, Mutua shared photos showcasing the new investment the body has made to ensure the program is a success. Mutua believes the program will change how local films are perceived.
“Today we took our Regional Managers from Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret, Garissa, Isiolo, Nyeri, Nakuru and Embu on a tour of our upcoming project in Nairobi Cinema and were appraised of the plans to make it a centre of excellence for the creative industry in Kenya. We are very impressed with the progress made by the ICDC in giving the facility a facelift in readiness for a handover to the Board. The facility, to be known as Nairobi Film Centre will have modern equipment for film production and exhibition and will be the hub for our Sinema Mashinani roll-out,” he said.