A University produced film titled: Kabaa Irrigation Scheme documentary has clinched the Best Documentary Award in the recently concluded Kenya Music and Cultural Festival competition held in Mombasa.
The production done by 19 students and staff, beat stiff competition from other productions by local universities, county governments and production firms to emerge the best.
The documentary, which premiered at the 94th edition of the Kenya Music and Cultural Festival, organized by Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage, features footage of how Machakos County Government has transformed the lives of people living in the semi- arid area to a point of self-sustainability.
The film was produced by the Department of Media Technology and Applied Communication (MTAC) in the School of Communication and Development Studies.
During the award ceremony held at Mama Ngina Waterfront and Little Theatre, Mombasa, George Kasmil of MTAC also bagged Best Documentary Director Award.
The festival whose theme was: Celebrating the Resilience of Kenyans in Safeguarding the Health of our Nation, took place from December 3 – 9, 2021 to celebrate culture and art at both county and national levels.
While receiving the trophy from the JKUAT team that was accompanied by Chair, MTAC, Dr. Joan Mutua, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, expressed her delight at the milestone, appreciating the students and staff for enhancing the university’s profile in film production.
Prof. Ngumi urged them to build on the momentum and produce more documentaries of similar quality that will be enjoyed by Kenyans in the local screens.
“I would like to encourage you to continue producing films of such quality that can be played and compete with local favorite shows such as Zora and Papa Shirandula,” said the Vice Chancellor.
Cynthia Meli, a member of the production team and a fourth year mass communication student at JKUAT could not hide her joy and excitement. She acknowledged that she gained a wealth of experience and skills during the production process, which she noted, will enhance her chances of excelling in the production industry after her studies.