An ordinary boy starting at an ordinary school – where everything is different.
Meet Elliot, a five-year-old adventurer who left the coastal serenity of Hitra, Norway, for the wild, mysterious landscapes of rural Kenya! His new home? The Eco Moyo Education Center, where learning is an exciting safari, filled with the unknown. School isn’t just books and pencils for Elliot – it’s a whirlwind of new words, alien customs, and even the thrilling danger of an actual lion charging across the savanna! But it’s not the beasts outside that terrify him the most; it’s the fears within. Far from home, facing a world where everything is strange, Elliot’s story isn’t just about going from kindergarten to school. It’s about courage, the strength of childhood, and a magical ability to transcend cultural divides. This isn’t just a tale of a child’s growing pains. It’s a riveting journey of overcoming the unknown and a celebration of how children’s hearts find a way to connect, no matter how far apart their worlds may seem.
Project is part of the Focus on Docs section.
Maida has made short documentaries, short fiction and music videos. Amongst her work is the short documentary 'The National Day' which was also made about kids for kids, it has been screened in festivals around the world and broadcast on NRK. Currently she is developing two documentaries, both set in Norway and Africa (Kenya and Malawi).