MYSA Shootback is our photography project. Members who take part in the project learn the art of photography and film-making and go out in the community to make a record of daily life in Mathare. There are also weekly discussions and journal writing sessions about the issues and themes that come up from these photography and filming trips out in the community.
Shootback enables us to tell stories about events in our everyday lives and to record what it is like to grow up in the slums of Mathare. It has also helps us keep a record of our activities and create a history of MYSA.
We organise Shootback TV and show our footage on public screens in Mathare and neighbouring areas. The project has also made it possible for us share our work with the rest of the world. Shootback has taken part in in several local and international exhibitions and has made video documentaries for Pathfinder, the International Labour Organisation and the German Foundation for World Population:
The story Wairimu, a mother of two kids living in Mathare, and how she has been effected by the post election violence in Kenya in January 2008
– Documentary about the camps built for displaced people following the post election violence in January 2008
– Documentary about life in the Mathare slums
The project has published two books – the first, Shootback, featured a selection of photographs telling the story of life in the slums. The second, Image in the MDGs, was put together in collaboration with UN Habitat and showed photographs and captions relating to the Millennium Development Goals.
Shootback footage has been used on the Sports for Social Change Network DVD and a documentary, Women Against Poverty, featured at the Nuff Film Festival in Norway.