Our show’s concept is to allocate absolutely equal airtime to Christians and Muslims. Through this show, we want to prove that both communities share the same preoccupations and to show something other than just the violence that is sadly affecting all of our countrymen.
In order to not just feature a series of interviews, we decided to splice in short re-enactments played by actors. These re-enactments last seven minutes and represent the current crisis in Central Africa. For instance, in the series pilot, a Christian and a Muslim get in an argument, accusing one another of being members of rebel groups. The village chief cuts in and warns them that their fight risks destroying the village. In the end, they decide to build a house together.
“There are three Muslims on our team”
Filming our show is quite difficult: we frequently have to cancel shoots because we film in neighbourhoods where there are often attacks, such as the PK5 [Editor’s note: a Bangui neighbourhood where many Muslims live]. In most cases, we run into people who don’t understand our approach, who refuse to be filmed or who interrupt the filming by chasing us away. Once, we even had to turn over our camera’s memory card – which had several hours’ worth of filming stored in it - to disgruntled residents in order to prevent the situation from getting out of control.
Luckily, many others do notice that we have a mixed team, made up of Christians and Muslims, and decide to help us along. Out of the eleven people who work on our show, we have three Muslims. They are brave, because it’s becoming increasingly difficult for them to move about freely in Bangui. Our objective is to meet people out in the world, whatever the consequences. We don’t want to do this show in a studio; that doesn’t interest us.
For the time being, I am funding the show thanks to my savings and with help from my friends. We were approached by politicians from different parties who wanted to fund us. But we refused, because we want to stay independent and avoid any kind of propaganda.
The trailer for the show, which will be broadcast on state television starting the week of May 12.