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Sunshine Cinema

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.

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Monitoring and evaluation internship

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Monitoring & Evaluation Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote
Engage in a dynamic internship centered on measuring and reporting impact, while gaining valuable skills and contributing to meaningful projects.
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NGO Management Internship in Cape Town

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NGO Management Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Cape Town, South Africa
Support a filmmaking NGO focused on social impact by contributing to its operations and developing initiatives that use film for positive change.
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Communications and Fundraising NGO Internship_feature

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Communications & Fundraising Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Cape Town, South Africa
Explore your passion for communications as it sparks meaningful change, contributing to an impactful mission through the power of storytelling.
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How they work

They host screenings to local audiences every month and have developed a free podcast series to reach a broader audience (which was initiated due the global pandemic when screenings were not possible). The ambassadors select relevant topics and record interviews with community leaders, civil society groups, journalists, and filmmakers. This content is then shared on community Whatsapp groups, social media platforms and through Webinars with low data usage (since data costs are high in these areas).

Both in their screenings and podcasts they strive to include divergent viewpoints from peri urban and rural communities addressing social issues they face. Having a voice that is heard is an important part of what it means to engage in a democracy. In their approach they aim to include cyber participation in the future as an integral part of the program.

What others say

Read about Hélène’s experience as an intern for Sunshine Cinema.

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