Tag : crowdsourcing
Tag : crowdsourcing
[Montréal, Québec, Canada 18°C] Sudan is indeed at a crossroad. On January 9, 2011, Southern Sudanese are expected to participate in a self-determination referendum that will determine whether the South will separate from the rest of Sudan and become Africa’s newest independent country. No small feat for a population that was at war for over 21 years.
The Comprehensive Peace Agreement brought the war to an end on January 9, 2005 and provided for a six-year interim period, during which time the Khartoum government and the former rebels would learn to get along. This included boundary demarcation, power sharing structures, an equitable wealth distribution, along with other provisions.
If the former rebel Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement and the NCP-dominated central government could not overcome their distrust and establish power structures to adequately share Sudan’s resources, then at the end of the interim period the Southern semi-autonomous government could hold an independence referendum. And that’s exactly what the South is preparing to do.
Filmmaker, journalist and development worker, Alexandra Sicotte-Lévesque, worked for almost 3 years in Sudan, in media and development with the BBC World Service Trust and the United Nations peacekeeping mission. She is seeking support to make a film with co-producers, Yanick Létourneau (Periphéria), Alessandro Pavone. According to their KickStarter webpage, the film, The Waiting Room,
follows young people ranging from the ages of 8 to 30 whom all live in Khartoum, and are each confronted with a unique quest. Their journeys take us between North and South Sudan. For the first time a film gives a voice to Sudanese youth from different origins, Muslims and Christians. The Waiting Room is an intimate portrait of a society that remains unknown to most and misunderstood by many. It addresses contemporary issues of identity and religion which continue to shape the world we live in.
Getting funding for a documentary film is not particularly easy in Canada these days. These filmmakers are using crowd-sourcing application, KickStarter, to raise enough funds to finish shooting the film in December before the referendum date. View some of the footage they have already taken. If the preview is any indication, Director of Photography, Katerine Giguère, has already shot gorgeous images that capture the beauty of the people, letting us put aside for a moment the nastiness of the politics in the country. If they manage to get enough funding, it promises to be a film that captures an intimate element of Sudan that is not covered in the media and that can only be seen either by visiting the country of by viewing a film like the one they propose.
I fell in love with the Southern Sudanese during my seven-week visit and all I think about is returning. Considering I’ve only been to Southern Sudan and know nothing about Khartoum, I find this project particularly interesting. Realities in Sudan’s capital city are quite different from those in Juba. I’m curious to learn what displaced southerners living in Khartoum think of the referendum, its probable outcome and I wonder if they will participate at the ballot box.
I encourage everyone, who can, to support this film project because Sudan’s story is as complex as it is interesting. Unfortunately, supporters like myself who don’t own a credit card, cannot support the project using PayPal. Luckily for me though, they are based in my hometown of Montréal, so I can actually meet with them and offer my support in person.