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Patrick Mureithi is a Kenyan documentary filmmaker. He resides in Springfield as the Artist-In-Residence at Drury University, and has dedicated his life’s work to producing films he believes will inspire hope and encourage dialogue.
His latest work is titled “Kenya: Until Hope is Found.”
“Kenya: Until Hope is Found” is about a gathering of victims and perpetrators of post-election violence that took place in Kenya six years ago in 2007. It’s a film that explores how as a nation we can heal from the trauma that resulted from the election violence in order to prevent future cycles of violence,” Mureithi said.
Mureithi spent two years making the film, which included a trip to his native country.
In 2011, he travelled to what he says is the epicenter of violence in Kenya: the Kibera slums. It was here that he had the opportunity to meet the director of Inua Mimi Children’s Rescue Center.
Paschalia Nduko has spent the last 24 years taking care of children who Mureithi says would otherwise be left on the streets.
“She has taken them in she has taken care of them and provided them with basic education, meals and just with the sense that they are loved,” Mureithi said.
He said the center is a collection of about five rooms divided by corrugated iron and wooden walls. Although a simple structure, Mureithi said, Paschalia helps a various number of children who cannot fend for themselves in this center.
On the morning of Nov. 4, Paschalia and seven children were awakened by a fire. The electrical fire destroyed over 100 structures and left the center with fire and excessive water damage.
“People were yelling it’s a fire get out get out so she had to scramble and wake some of the children up and they ran out of the home. She said it was pandemonium. People were rushing into the home to save some of the property. Some of the property went missing, but she says thank God we’re all safe. The structure remains. It has significant damage, but they have their life,” Mureithi said.
The filmmaker is hosting a screening of the documentary to raise money in order to help with the cost of damages to the center.
On Wednesday, "Kenya: Until Hope is Found," will be screened at the Brentwood Christian Church from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The showing is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a discussion with Mureithi.
If you are unable to attend the event, you can learn more information and make a monetary donation here.
For KSMU News, I’m Briana Simmons.