(13 min) Kenya/US

SATURDAY 10/21, 1:00 PM (SESSION 4)
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Director: Nicole Watson
Producer: Beryl Omondi


Light takes us on a journey, in a classic land rover defender, with a passionate team, into the last mile region of Northern Kenya. There we discover the impact that portable solar light has on students who live without electricity access. At the same time learning the challenges these students face in getting an education.


Nicole Watson is an actor, producer and conservationist. She was discovered at the age of 14 by model scouts and represented by Elite Model Management and Ford Models throughout her career. It was when she returned to Vancouver from a modeling contract in Hong Kong and was cast in numerous commercials that she began her career in acting. She continued to train as an actor while living in Australia and later Los Angeles, performing in numerous independent films. Nicole has developed unscripted factual television series and raised financing for independent features. She is fluent in French, majored in fine arts, and holds an Executive MBA in Sustainable Business. She is the founder of the Econic Earth Foundation dedicated to environmental and wildlife conservation through solar power initiatives for students and communities living off-grid.

Beryl Achieng Omondi is an accomplished producer, video editor, videographer and photographer educated in film production from The Kenya Institute of Mass Communication. She has continued to work extensively across all genres of production from documentaries, short films, commercials through to advertising and news stories. Beryl has 9 years’ experience working in mainstream media in Kenya and international media with Deutsche Welle in addition to her experience in public relations. She has over 4 years experience in the nonprofit sector working with Open School Initiatives as project coordinator, an NGO that provides education opportunities for high school students from less privileged families. Beryl has also worked with Econic Earth as the lead cinematographer and producer for their programs in Marsabit County, liaising with program partners Foundation for Arid and Semi-Arid Lands where she acts as media coordinator. Beryl is a dedicated Mom and has passion for youth and women empowerment programs, education and environment.

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