Lodged behind a Congolese cafe inside Kakuma Refugee Camp is a tiny pink room with "Season of the Time Media Production" painted in black above it. Run entirely by refugee kids and teens, STMP is a film production studio that produces short films, music videos, and camp event coverage. Outside the studio, kids perch on a wooden bench and plastic chairs daily, learning from older kids how to use a camera, edit video, and produce music.
STMP crew members Angelina, 10, Leticia, 14, and Linelle, 5, apply makeup before a film shoot. Most of the children in STMP have never held a camera or used a computer before joining the group, but now many dream of becoming filmmakers and producers.
On set for STMP's film "Hardship", Kito, 15-year-old assistant cameraman and beats maker explains what the film is about. "The movies that we do are about the story of children, the story of the camp. Today we're going to shoot a film about hardship. It's about two boys who fight over something simple." All of the films the crew does convey messages for other kids in the camp; this one warns against fighting with friends.