Caleb's Dream| 42mins
Director: Elena Bedei | Producer: Mela Tomaselli
Focus Years: 2007 | Country: Italy
With the simplicity of his 14 years, ten of which spent on the streets, Caleb Onka announces, from a Nairobi radio station, his personal electoral campaign. His speech is heard at the coast by a rapper, Flavour Polle, who transforms it into a captivating motif, a possible soundtrack for a hypothetical tour to publicize and share â€œIl Sogno di Calebâ€ in the whole country. A year later, in Italy, the song is chosen to represent Kenya at the "Zecchino dâ€™Oro" Festival (Italy) with the title â€œUn Baby Presidenteâ€ and is sung by Brian Mzee Omondi, a 9-year old ex-street child coming from the same rehabilitation centre as Caleb, clinching second place in the finals of the foreignersâ€™ section. From Italy, the song returns to Kenya at the start of 2007, the year of the electoral campaigns, representing the World Childrenâ€™s Parliament at the World Social Forum in Nairobi. A story narrated through the voices of various characters who, like in a big relay race from one continent to another, pass to each other the torch: Calebâ€™s song. Including John Kimanzi, Calebâ€™s best friend and pitched by the press to be the future national welterweight boxing champion. Drawing on key interviews taken over the course of two years, Calebâ€™s and Johnâ€™s growing doubts are about their convictions on diverse topics important to them: on religion, birth control, injustice and the very limited powers to make a difference.