IIFF 2020 Program  – DAY 3

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Thank You for the rain

2017 | 87 min | Norway, UK, Kenya

Directed by Julia Dahr, Kisilu Musya 

18:00-19:00 Apéro – Cinématte Restaurant/Bar

19:00 – IIFF Opening Address 

19:05  – Short Film – “Dulce” ESP/e

             Main Film – “Thank you for the Rain” E/d 

20:45 – Q & A Spotlight with Kisilu Musya

21:00-21:30 – Followed by a panel discussion

Kisilu Musya

Keynote Speaker

Kisilu Presentation will be over ZOOM in the Cinématte Kino

Kisilu Musya is a farmer from Mutomo, South East Kenya. For the last 5 years he has been filming in the area with camcorders and mobile phones to capture the life of his family, his village and the impacts of climate change. Kisilu is constantly exploring new farming techniques and is an informal community leader with the drive and motivation to bring the community together to find common solutions on how to tackle climate change.


On our Panel

After the film stay and enjoy another 30 minutes of  Q & A with our prestigious panel guests.

Semya Ayoubi


Semya Ayoubi is the Chief Economist at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Prior to that, Semya was Deputy Secretary General of the Swiss Foreign Ministry, with a special focus on Swiss international cooperation. Before, she served in the field of Health Insurance Politics and Public Health for the Minister of Home Affairs and for the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Directors of Health affairs. From 1997 to 2003, she worked in the Economic Research Department of Credit Suisse. Semya has a Master Degree in Political Economics and an Executive Master Degree in Business Administration.

Roman Eyholzer

CEO Porini Foundation

Roman Eyholzer is a trained wildlife biologist and has been working for the last 20 years in Nature Conservation on all levels before he joined the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Gland.

At IUCN, he focused on international collaboration with Africa and in 2017 was elected CEO of PORINI. The Swiss based and tax exempted PORINI Foundation is promoting New Technologies to Create Positive Impact on People and Nature and considers Blockchain as one of the best technology to bring ecosystem services and finance together. 

Emily Wanja

Impact Producer (East Africa)

Via Zoom

Emily Wanja is a Producer / Impact producer. She leads Strategy, partnerships and content development at OwNA movie ltd. Previously she was the in-house producer for Docubox (East Africa Documentary film fund) overseeing 12 feature documentaries. She has worked extensively with young farmers across Kenya through ‘Seeds of Gold’ TV show and the leading newspaper version for youth and agribusiness – Nation Media Group. She has a rich network of youth communities with a passion for social change. She has produced TV shows for different networks in Kenya and has worked on international fiction co-productions that include Short films, ‘Burnt Forest’, nominated for best short film at the Africa Academy Movie Awards and ‘A fork a spoon a Night’ – the prelude to the feature Queen of Katwe. Currently, she is the East Africa impact producer for the feature documentary ‘Thank you for the Rain’, Working with National, County governments, Private stakeholders and communities, using film as a tool for advocacy and climate change adaptation. She uses film as a tool for social change. 

Via Zoom

Hugh Hartford is a producer/director whose credits include Ping Pong, a feature film co-produced by BRITDOC and Film 4 and released in cinemas worldwide. Hugh’s films have been screened in cinemas and public broadcasters worldwide and have been used as advocacy tools in UN, The Hague, Rwandan and UK Parliaments.