Sunshine Cinema is South African solar powered cinema network founded in 2013 on a mission to distribute social justice documentaries and African feature films to under resourced audiences. Not only promoting a cinema going culture and opportunities in the local film industry but also starting a conversation in the communities and aid local activists in their grassroots work to inspire audiences to speak out, be better equipped with resources, informed about their rights, and have access to avenues to reach policymakers to affect change.
With their Sunbox Ambassadorship Program they address youth unemployment by training young people to be media facilitators equipping them with a mobile solar cinema kit (The Sunbox). These young leaders mobilise their communities to spark conversation promoting active citizenship- inspired by the power of African films.
Their program runs in four countries (South Africa, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe) working with 17 Sunbox Ambassadors. Every month they reach around 4,000 direct audience members and to date they have hosted over 200 screenings.