Published on 1 March 2021
We were crying ‘no rain, no rain, no rain’, and really there was no rain. Now we are talking flood. Everything is being contradicted.
- Kisilu Musya, farmer and activist, Kenya..
Thank You for the Rain tells the story of Kisilu, a smallholder farmer in Kenya who has used his camera to capture the life of his family, and the human costs of climate change.
When I first watched this film, I couldn’t speak for a good 10 minutes afterwards. I felt rage and I felt sadness. But I also had a profound sense of hope, I wanted to stand in solidarity with Kisilu, I needed to act.
The film is a rare and personal insight into the realities of the climate crisis and it is a call to action to all who care about God’s creation.
In 2021, a year when every moment matters, and every action counts, I want to invite you to watch and share Kisilu’s story with your church, your friends and your family. By bearing witness to his life, his struggle and his hope we can stand with him in calling for climate justice.
During 2020, churches, home groups, friends and families watched Thank You for the Rain. Just like me they raged, reacted and were compelled to act. They wrote to their MPs, they signed petitions and they prayed. This film is a great way to share the bigger justice story of the climate crisis with your community.
Use it as a catalyst for planning a collective response to the climate crisis.
How to share the film: watch parties and community screenings
During the pandemic we’ve found ourselves in and out of lockdown. The great thing about watching this film is that it’s an experience we can share together from home, or in person when we’re allowed to safely gather. Here’s two ways you can go about it:
Host a watch party
- Request the Thank You for the Rain download link from firstname.lastname@example.org
- Share the download link with all your participants
- Set a date and time for everyone to watch the film at home
- Set date to meet online (e.g. on Zoom) for your ‘Watch Party’ to reflect and respond to the film together.
- Once you have all the details sorted, invite people from your church community and beyond to your ‘Watch Party’. Make sure you tell people to download the film well in advance of your Watch Party, as it is a large file and may take a few hours to download.
There are lots of great ways to come together for discussion online. You could:
Host a live stream on your church’s Facebook page where you can pose questions to start a conversation
Host a Zoom chat — Zoom is an online video conference tool which allows you to host a 40 minute chat for free. Visit www.zoom.us to create a conference call and simply share the link with friends.
Host a WhatsApp group chat — you can pose questions and people can share their thoughts in the group by sharing audio clips or typing their answers.
Once it’s safe to do so, you could host a screening at your church or even in an outside space.
- Request the Thank You for the Rain download link from email@example.com.
- Book a space and make sure you have good projection and audio equipment to screen the film
- Set a date and time and let people know
- Think about how you will create space for people to reflect and respond to the film afterwards – e.g. you could have a panel or small group discussions
Reflect, discuss, act
Kisilu’s story is one that demands to be seen and heard, it also demands a response.
Once your group has viewed Thank You for the Rain, you’re ready to reflect, discuss and act! Just like me, you and your group are likely to have all kinds of thoughts, feelings and reactions – below are some suggested questions to help you think through what you’ve seen.
- How do you feel?
- Which moments in the film stood out to you most and why?
- What do you think climate justice means?
- Kisilu asks ‘if the ants can organise themselves, why can’t humans’ what do you think stands in the way of us acting on the climate crisis, and how can we overcome that?
- Kisilu joins with his church community to worship and speak out about the climate crisis. How can your local church speak out?
Are we to fight the climate change, or the climate fight us?
True solidarity with Kisilu and the millions of people hardest hit by the climate crisis means that we must act. Here are two ways that you can act right now!