Thank You For The Rain
Total project grant (euros)
Call publication date
23 Sep 2015
26 May 2016
Result publication date
7 Oct 2016
Thank You for the Rain (formerly called Before the Flood) is a feature documentary following Kisilu, a Kenyan smallholder, who has used his camera to capture the life of his family, his village and the impacts of climate change over the last five years. He has filmed floods, droughts and storms but also the more human costs – his kids are sent home from school when he can’t pay the fees; and men are moving to towns in search for jobs. Following a storm that destroys his house Kisilu starts building a community movement of farmers fighting against extreme weather and he takes this message of hope all the way to the UN Climate Talks, in Paris, COP21. Here, amid the murky cut and thrust of politics at the biggest environmental show on earth, Kisilu and Norwegian filmmaker Julia Dahr’s relationship takes on a remarkable twist, shedding a powerful light on the climate justice movement.
With offices in Devon and London Banyak Films have been making award winning documentaries for cinema, broadcast and online since 2006.
Producer Hugh Hartford said:
"As well as the financial support, Creative Europe funding was an essential part of building the momentum behind Thank You for the Rain. It came through at the perfect time for us and played a key part in getting the film made."
Look at our 2016 Results Report for a comprehensive overview of Creative Europe's support to the production of UK television programmed in 2016.
Read our interview with Co-Founder and Creative Director of Banyak Films, Hugh Hartford, to find out about his experience of MEDIA funding.