Soweto Forum in Good Fortune Documentary
Soweto Forum can be seen in the award winning documentary Good Fortune. Good Fortune explores how massive, international efforts to alleviate poverty in Africa may be undermining the very communities they aim to benefit. Through intimate portraits of two Kenyans battling to save their homes from large-scale development organizations, the film presents a unique opportunity to experience foreign aid through the eyes of the people it is intended to benefit.
On the outskirts of Nairobi, Silva’s home and business in Africa’s largest squatter community (Kibera) are being demolished as part of a United Nationsslum-upgrading project (KENSUP). In the rural countryside, Jackson’s farm is being flooded by an American investor who hopes to alleviate poverty by creating a multi-million dollar rice farm (Dominion Farms).
Interweaving meditative portraits of its characters, Good Fortune examines the real-world impact of international aid. With a broad scope and intimate style, the film portrays gripping stories of human perseverance and suggests that the answers for Africa lie in the resilience of its people (movie synopsis taken fromhttp://www.goodfortunefilm.com/).
During the film Silva (one of the two main characters) visits Soweto Forum, a community partner of Hakijamii, that fights for the rights of residents of Kibera.