Thok Koang Thor is a Film & TV Production student who is passionate about filmmaking and is working towards becoming a professional filmmaker. He joined ADMI after completing a certificate in video production program that was offered by ADMI in partnership with FilmAid in the Kakuma refugee camp. This is his story.
How did it all begin?
TK: I have always wanted to become a professional filmmaker. I’ve had a passion for visual content, drama, film ever since I was in primary school. I would draw and always took part in any drama-related activities that we would have. While living at Kakuma Refugee Camp, I met a lady, Susan who trained individuals in film and arts. I ended up becoming an assistant trainee in the program and I taught kids how to draw. Eventually, she became my sponsor and a second mother to me since by then I had already lost my birth mother and my older brother who was in the South Sudanese Army had been killed in the war.
How did you end up at ADMI?
TK: I joined ADMI in September 2016 once I completed the 9-month long certificate in video production at Kakuma Refugee Camp. This program was organized by FilmAid but it was ADMI who conducted the training. They sent over their faculty to train us on film production. We learned producing, directing, lighting, camera operations, and scriptwriting. We learned the basics, yet I still had the desire to improve my skills and become the best filmmaker so I began looking for schools to join to improve my craft. However, there was the small issue of school fees. Susan was able to talk to International Kenya and a foundation was set up under her name. Through this foundation, two of us were able to get the support to join schools of our choice. I chose ADMI.
How has your experience been like at ADMI?
TK: My experience at ADMI has been amazing. I had the basic skills thanks to the certificate training by ADMI and FilmAid but now I feel like I am a professional. I have taken part in numerous projects and met a lot of brilliant people. I have been involved in a lot of student projects and thus had an opportunity to work with my classmates and schoolmates, I am looking forward to working with them on larger scale productions in the future.
The most outstanding moments have been all the times I have been able to get the hands-on experience to operate cameras, write scripts and even direct since film is very practical and you need to do these things in order to get better at them.