The Kids Kino Project is a mobile, social cinema for children affected by humanitarian crises. Made up of volunteers from Cube Microplex, it is a micro-humanitarian, goodwill project providing an opportunity for escape, community and social occasion through cinema.
Having previously visited Haiti (2010/2011), Nepal (2015) and Dunkirk (2016), KKP is back in action, aiming to work with children and young people who have become displaced and living in camps. We hope to be screening films and hosting workshops, offering entertainment, warmth and solidarity through the means of social cinema. For more information or to get involved please email email@example.com
The project gives cameras to children to explore their lives, projecting them back on the big screen to one another and facilitating a cultural exchange with children back in the UK. Sharing the experience of making and watching films provides a much needed respite for the children and their parents.
Following previous trips to Haiti, the Kids Kino Project traveled to Nepal in November 2015. We made and screened films to children in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and the Dhading region, affected by the devastating earthquakes, each measuring over 7 on the Richter Scale, which struck in April and May this year. Our Haiti trips were funded through children’s workshops in the UK, gigs, cakes and T-shirts designed by artists, and we’ve done the same, and more, for our project in Nepal.
Patrick McCormick, emergencies communication officer for the UN, says: “The worst thing for children in natural disasters isn’t just the damage that they see around them, but also when they sit around with nothing to do. It ramps up anxiety and despair, and that’s what does even more damage.”
In 2010, less than a month after the earthquake in Haiti, volunteers from the Cube travelled to Port Au Prince to project films on buildings and tents. Volunteers made two more expeditions in 2011 and 2012, holding screenings in Léogâne camp, which had been at the epicentre of the 2010 quake. Click here for more information on the Haiti trips.
Over 600,000 houses were destroyed and an estimated 2.8 million people were displaced by the quakes. While the media spotlight has moved on, many people in Nepal remain in desperate circumstances, particularly with the current political situation and resulting border blockade.