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Moto Na Maji: Shinnyo Fire and Water Ceremony in Kenya

Date: June 06, 2012

Moto Na Maji (Swahili for Fire and Water) is a film project by Shinnyo-en and Swell Productions that documents the planning and rehearsals as well as the fire and water ceremony performed by Shinnyo-en at the Laikipia Nature Conservancy in Kenya on March 4, 2012.

Moto Na Maji (Fire & Water) documents how an extraordinary international group of religious leaders, social advocates, environmentalists, and artists gathered with local communites at the edge of the Great Rift Valley in Kenya, the cradle of humanity, to offer prayers for a new awakening of compassion and altruism. An ancient fire and water ceremony was adapted by Shinnyo-en, the Japanese Buddhist order, to be shared and to be meaningful for everyone. As the clergy, artists, and local communites worked together they realized a moving transcendence of difference and a spirit of harmony. The film shares with all of us their experience, as sung in Swahili: “Mother Africa, home to the human soul, we all have one heart, one love. We are all family. We your children return with a gift: a ceremony of fire [awakening].”

A Shinnyo-en production by SWELL Productions
Copyright © 2012 Shinnyo-en
fire and water ceremony, laikipia nature conservancy
march 4, 2012

Producer/Director
Grady Candler

Director of Photography
J.C. Earle

Original Score
Pei Pei Chung

Editor
Grady Candler

Consulting Producer
Jan Fleming

Audio
David Jalenga

Interpreter/Driver
Paul Mbutu

Assistant Editor
Pete Gill

KENYA FIXER
Viewfinders, LTD - Jean Hartley, Mia Collis & Robin Dimbleby

LIVE WEBCAST CREW
Producer/Director - David Katzive
Engineer in Charge - Michael Kirchner
Camera Operators - Nicholas Migwi, Raphael Musyoki, Justin Purefoy
Audio Operators - John Gatibaru, Abeka Salmin
Tech Operators - Francis Mangana, Evode Muhire, Richard Orwa
Globecast Crew - Peter Momanyi, Joseph Ngumi
Drivers - Sammy Njihia, Raphael Sheini

TRAVEL
New Act Travel - Steve J. Thomason

production credits

Creative Director/Producer
Sveva Gallmann

HOST/FOUNDER, LAIKIPIA NATURE CONSERVANCY
Kuki Gallmann

PRODUCTION TEAM
Sandra Chege
Farrah Bhaijee
Rogers Otieno

CREATIVE TEAM
Pete Hill
Antonia Atha
Tom Barnecut
Hal Silvester

COMMUNITY WORKSHOP TEAM
Richard Good
Heriberto Montalban
Benedict Cantatore
Onyis Martin
Walter Mugwe

CHOREOGRAPHERS
Nikos Lagousakos
Christos Papadopoulos

POET
Melissa Ulricke Ommeh

VOCALIST
Helen Akoth Omozo

DANCERS
Agnes Kiunga
Beth Mwangi
Evans Nganga
Jackson Atulo
Joseph Kanyenje
Lynette Nyambuki
Naomi Wambui
Oscar Mwala
Patrick Nyangena
Rose Otieno
Sammy Giam

ACROBATS
Richard Musyoki
Samuel Mutie
Vincent Ochieng

MUSICIANS
Bruno T Mbaruku
Charles Owoko
John Odunga
John Radido
Jumba Chagala
Kazungu Charo
Kevin Chagaza Kinadiali
Moses Omakadia
Okoth Owino
Vitalis Oduor
Willy Rama

KENYAN TRADITIONS
Pokot Youth Peace Team
Njemps, Pokot, Samburu and Turkana elders and communities

Props
Yo Yo
Marieke Ruberti

BUILDERS

Paul Maina
Julius Gachiri
Joseph Merikut
Josephat Ndirangu
John Wainaina
John Aboto

Laikipia Nature Conservancy/ GALLMANN MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
Patrick Ali Apetet
Steven Ali Apetet
Wilson Chelule
Samuel Parteri Nanai
Musa Lenana
Josephat Gichiabi
Christopher Laro
Titus,Eunice, Martin, David, Emanuel, Fred
Enoch, Muthaura, Kamaiteke, Joseph, Etir, Joel
And the Security Rangers