The normal case scenario for people living in a remote part of this planet who have been visited by a big film company shooting a major movie is that everything stays the same as it was before; maybe a few dollars have enriched the ones who run the place and local actors and workers have made a good living while on the job, maybe a few tourists visit because the place has become known because of the movie. But line producer Juergen Troester wanted to do more after we (I was the stills photographer) finished filming the German movie The White Masai (Die weisse Massai) in Samburu / Northern Kenya in 2004. With the help of some other good souls, Kenyans and Germans alike, and donations from the film team he created a non profit association with the goal to make the schooling of some of the local children possible; twelve of them are now attending schools, organized and financed by Samburukids ( samburukids.org ).
The idea was born amongst the team mainly because of our bright young actress Christine (above with her film grandmother Hellen Leshan and below, middle, with Nina Hoss) for whom attending a school would have been just a distant dream.
Below: actor Jacky Ido entertains his young spectators with some impressive soccer moves...
Please visit Samburukids.org for more information, and needless to say, donations are highly appreciated !!
The White Masai was produced by Constantin Film in 2005, released in 2005, directed by Hermine Huntgeburth; with Nina Hoss, Jacky Ido and Katja Flint. The film is based on a true story, lived and written by Corinne Hoffmann.