An African Experience
BLACK RED N GREEN is a 45-minute documentary about togetherness among Kenyans living in Massachusetts. Spark by an increase in the number of immigrating Kenyans into the States, we witness how a community responds to a growing number of fellow Kenyans in the state of Massachusetts.
Kenyans first came to America in the 1960’s as students, through a program known as the flights. The program was a collaboration between the Kenyan government and the American government.
Kenyan students would come to America, study, then go back. Very few decided to stay after finishing their studies.
However, when the Kenyan economy collapsed, a lot of companies and organizations started closing. Some Kenyans felt the need to emigrate to other countries such as America, Britain, and other western countries, to look for employment.
In addition, those living abroad at the time lost their desire to return home. This resulted to a formation and growth of Kenyan communities in the diaspora.
Overtime, these communities have grown in various parts of the world.
Out of curiosity, Kenyans in Kenya on the other hand wonder, “how are our fellow family members and friends abroad making out?”
The film’s narrative therefore focuses on Massachusetts, which happens to be one of the top ten states with the most number Kenyan immigrants in America.
The narrative unfolds through a series of storylines; Togetherness in the community, politics, tribalism, class and socio-economic status, language and culture, business and economic growth in the community. We hear characters share their personal stories, speaking passionately about hard work and expectations, heartbreaks and frustrations, triumph and hope. Immigrants from other communities in America echo their words. Expressing similar experiences in some respects with a few differences, tailored to their languages and cultures.
BLACK RED N GREEN concludes by showing the Kenyan community living in Massachusetts as a growing community that is experiencing trials and tribulations while the people endure to test their strength and fortitude.