jambO kenya!

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Jambo Kenya! Documentary Poster

The Story

Eleven kids sign up for a trip to Kenya. With no clear idea of what’s ahead. Some don’t know that they’ll be teaching kids in a local village. And some don’t know that they’ll end up building a school house “from scratch.” And for sure, no one expects to be chased by a wild elephant! All this happens and more…


Despite growing up on the Discovery Channel they just aren’t prepared for the breathtaking beauty of the landscape and the friendliness of the people. Or the stoic calm with which the people accept their lot. No clean water. Shacks for homes. Dark and dingy classrooms. This isn’t a make-believe movie shot on a fake movie set. Jambo Kenya! It’s Africa for real! 


Written and Directed by Lalita Krishna
Produced by Lalita Krishna
Cinematographer: Zoe Dirse
Edited by Karen Shopsowitz
Music by Amin Bhatia,
Songs by Adam Solomon


Selected Screening, Barcelona International Television Festival, 2007

Selected Screening, Bermuda Film Festival, 2005

Selected Screening, Calgary International Film Festival, 2005

Special Feature Screening, Sprockets, Toronto International Film Festival for Children, 2005

Selected Screening, Rimouski International Youth Film Festival, 2005

Selected Screening, Guelph International Film Festival, 2005

Best Documentary, Hope and Dreams festival, New Jersey, 2005

Selected Screening, Columbus International Children’s Film Festival, 2005

Selected Screening, Goyang International Children’s Film festival, South Korea, 2005

Selected Screening, Bay Street Film Festival, Thunder Bay, 2005

Selected Screening, San Diego International Children’s Film Festival, 2005

Bronze Plaque, Columbus International Film and Video Festival, 2005

Selected Screening, Saskatchewan International Film Festival for Young People, 2006

Nominated, Japan Prize, NHK, 2005

Finalist Deborah Fletcher Award, 2005