Randy Bell

Randy Bell is a New York-based documentary filmmaker. Orphans of Mathare is his third film. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized his first film, Look Back Don’t Look Back (made with Justin Rice), as an “Outstanding Documentary from 2000.” The film won Best of Festival at the New England Film and Video Festival (2000), Best Short Documentary at the Cleveland Film Festival (2001), and Best Documentary at the Ivy Film Festival (2001). His second film, Modest Scarring, won the Hoopes Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement at Harvard University and the Chairman’s Award at the Ivy Film Festival (2003).

Randy is currently working on a long-term project with the children from Orphans of Mathare, as well as on a number of other films. Additionally, he is the artistic director for film/video at The Tank, a performing and visual arts space in New York.

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    Orphans of Mathare

    This powerful documentary examines the lives of former street children now living at the Good Samaritan Children’s Home, an orphanage and school in the sprawling Mathare slum of Nairobi, Kenya. Although it focuses on one orphanage in Mathare, the film lays bare the complicated relationship between poverty, violence, disease, Christianity, tradition, and the orphan crisis in Kenya and throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

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