ART? About Cycling Culture? In Nairobi?
Mid of February I was passing through Cologne. A friend of mine told me that there would be a presentation of the Community Art Team CAT Cologne. The kenyan Artist Sam Hopkins was showing the trailer to his experimental documentary film project about the bike scene in Nairobi.
About 7 pm a small crowd of 30 spectators met at the CAT atelier in the Backyard of Venloer Strasse 24 to have a beer and chat with the organizers. Also Sam was present and answered the first questions before the screening of the trailer in a very relaxed atmosphere.
The Film itself is not ready yet but Sam (and John Kamicha) gave us an idea of what they are trying to show. They document the upcoming of a small but growing bike community using his own video material but mostly the videos of the local cyclists filmed on their mobile phones. This creates an interesting and very private insight into the life of the cyclists. Sam is fascinated by the strong identification of the protagonists as „Bikers“ using their bikes to make a living but also for the pure joy of riding. The trailer consists of a mix of interviews and scenes on the roads and highways of the Kenyan capital. Some of these scenes make you shake your head in disbelief as these guys are riding with 80 mph in the slipstream of big trucks.
The screening was followed by an interesting Q & A session between the audience and Sam involving views of local cyclists and a deeper insight into the actual situation of the Kenyan cycling scene by Sam.
We are looking forward to see the finished film soon…
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