Chickens for Kimaru (Kippen voor Kimaru)

Ten-year-old Kimaru, whose name means 'true entrepreneur', dreams of being an aeronautical engineer. Living in a slum in Nairobi with his mother and two sisters, Kimaru feels strongly that an education will support his ambition for a better life. When his mother can no longer afford his school's fees, he decides to take fate into his own hands and apprentice with a local chicken farmer, thinking that he'll be able to sell the eggs at the market. With great determination, Kimaru must learn the true meaning of perseverance, patience, responsibility and pride. Will Kimaru succeed in earning money for tuition and a new school uniform?

'Chickens for Kimaru' is an episode of the series Mensjesrechten (Just Kids) and it's included in the educational program Sirkelslag 2016. Thus, it was screened on 156 Dutch schools and various foreign schools.


  • Length: 15'00
  • Directors: Eriss Khajira and Anne van Campenhout
  • Camera: Eriss Khajira and Thomas Onyiego
  • Editor: Anne van Campenhout
  • Broadcaster: EO-IKON


  • NPO 3, 19.02.2017 (Dutch National Television)


  • EU Human Rights Film Days, Istanbul, Ankara, Giresun, Kars, Turkey, 12.2017
  • Take One Action Film Festivals (schools programme), Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness, UK, 11.2017
  • Festival de Cine MÁS, Managua, Nicaragua, 08.2017
  • Doc Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel, 05.2017
  • Toronto Int. Film Festival, Canada, 04.2017
  • Afrika Filmfestival, Leuven, BE, 04.2017
  • One World Int. Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic, 03.2017
  • Int. Film Festival Rotterdam, NL, 01.2017
  • Cinekid Festival, Amsterdam, NL, 10.2016