Rowan Pybus and Sydelle Willow Smith, filmmakers and anthropologists, created Amazing Grace, a film about Lloyd Maanyina, a Zambian charcoal burner, who began planting trees as a ‘payback’ to nature. However, he was unable to watch this award-winning documentary because of expensive data and airtime, and lack of wifi and cinemas.
This led to the idea of the Sunbox – a mobile solar cinema that reaches local communities. The project gradually expanded to become Sunshine Cinema, a fully-fledged non-profit organisation in 2017. The initiative supports the training and employment of youth from rural and peri-urban areas in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Kenya.