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“Cultural programmes should be designed to help cultures to survive within a new political environment ; in the South Sudan, supporting cultural identities means working for peace (…) As a culture is not surviving by itself, it constantly needs opportunities for self-celebration and displaying of skills (…) give the people the feeling of sharing a same identity, enjoying protection and receiving support”. CONRADIN PERNER known as Kwacakworo.

Other than Afghanistan is going through its 30th year of war, Southern Sudan suffered five decades of civil war which devastated not only the country and its people but also eroded and dismantled the social and cultural link between and inside communities in Sudan.

In the arena of art and creation and more precisely in the domain of film and cinema, the few existing initiatives have been simply dispersed and destroyed. In that perspective and in the context of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), signed between the Sudanese People Liberation Army (SPLA) and the Government of Sudan (GoS) on Januray 9th, 2005, in Nairobi, I had been contracted over Summer 2007 by UNESCO to investigate and report on the creative industries capability to make recommendations on the development of mobile cinema services.

Other than the report was 50 pages long and that there was bearly anything to rebuild a 1.6 million dollars envelop had been estimated to start up with.

6 months later, we were heading down to Juba with my long last co-worker, colleague, co-director and favorite DoP, Thierry Trelluyer. Three brand news units we designed for Sudan had just landed « in the middle of nowhere ». That’s when we met Atem. He eventually became Senior Inspector for Film & Cinema Department at the Ministry of Culture managed the group of trainees and helped us organize a film festival in what became for a night JUBAllywood.

Main achievements :

  • Delivery and setting-up of 3 mobile cinema units in Juba area
  • Capacity building activities at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Government of Southern Sudan
  • Twelve months workplan design for budget and operations
  • Organize the first Juba film festival ever in collaboration with the French Cultural center and the University of Juba


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