Vas-y - Mon histoire de cinéaste dans les bidonvilles de Nairobi

J'ai vu que les journalistes ne comprenaient pas bien ce qu’il se passait à Mathare. Ils la dénaturent. Donc, j'ai décidé de devenir cinéaste pour corriger cette faiblesse et suivre ma passion.
Kenya, East Africa

Story by Elijah Kanye. Translated by Alireza Shadmani
Published on December 19, 2020.

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Quand je courais contre la foule vers l'hôtel de Nairobi où l'attaque avait eu lieu, je n'avais pas peur. [1] Nous avons été les premiers reporters à arriver: moi, un autre caméraman et le journaliste. Au début, nous ne pouvions pas dire s'il s'agissait d'une attaque terroriste ou d'un braquage. Nous n'avons vu que des gens s'enfuir de l'hôtel pendant que nous y courions. Mais quand nous avons vu deux personnes qui avaient été abattues, gisant au sol, nous avons réalisé qu'il s'agissait d'une attaque terroriste. L'hôtel était un grand espace et nous devions au moins rester à l’abri d'un mur, pour nous protéger des tireurs. En regardant les images que j’avais filmées, j'ai réalisé que cette situation avait été très dangereuse, et probablement pas une si bonne idée. Nous n'avions aucun équipement de protection. J'ai remercié Dieu que nous soyons sortis sains et saufs. D'autres personnes filmaient ça de loin. Je suis allé sur place et j'ai filmé la vraie histoire.

Quand j'étais jeune, je voulais devenir footballeur professionnel.   Je voulais jouer pour nos clubs locaux comme Mathare United ou Real Mathare, comme beaucoup de mes amis à Mathare [2]. Ou mieux encore, jouer pour des clubs européens comme Manchester United ou le Real Madrid. Il n'y avait qu'un seul vrai terrain de football dans le quartier, le Mathare Depot Field. Mes amis et moi possédions le terrain; pendant des années, nous étions les meilleurs joueurs. Pour une raison ou une autre, les gens ne nous aimaient pas à cause de ça. J'adorais ça et je voulais avoir une vie comme celle montrée sur les panneaux publicitaires de Coca-Cola en ville: “Mangez du football. Rêvez du football. Buvez Coca-Cola.” Cependant, les choses se sont déroulées différemment et j'ai eu besoin de trouver un autre but dans la vie.

J'ai vu que les journalistes ne comprenaient pas bien ce qu’il se passait à Mathare. Par exemple, quand une bagarre a lieu quelque part dans le bidonville, les «étrangers» pensent qu’il est trop dangereux d’aller là-bas et de découvrir les origines du conflit. Ils les déforment. Alors, il y a 13 ans, j'ai décidé de devenir cinéaste pour corriger cette faiblesse. Comme je suis de Mathare, je peux aller dans ces endroits et filmer exactement ce qu’il s’y passe. Parce que j'ai joué au football là-bas quand j'étais jeune, les gens me connaissent et me font confiance. Certains me connaissent comme «Elijah le joueur de football» et d’autres comme «Elijah le cinéaste».

Être cinéaste est ma passion: je suis personnellement motivé à partager des histoires de ma société, qui est la société de Mathare. Je veux faire connaître la vraie histoire. Habituellement, je présente des histoires positives, car trop de négativité peut vous monter à la tête. Cependant, je cherche toujours à être factuel et honnête envers mon public, car il dépend de moi en tant que journaliste et cinéaste. Par exemple j'ai récemment couvert des sujets graves tels que la violence policière liée au COVID-19 ici dans les bidonvilles. À travers mon documentaire, j'ai partagé la situation qui se passe à Mathare sur le journal télévisé néerlandais NOS, la BBC et d'autres chaînes.[3]

Mon rêve est de faire un jour un documentaire sur ma propre histoire/vie. J'espère motiver les jeunes des bidonvilles et leur faire croire qu'ils peuvent faire tout ce qu'ils veulent. Pour vivre une vie libre, fidèle à eux-mêmes. Ils ont juste besoin de le faire.


[1] https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-47202313 

[2] Mathare est un ensemble de bidonvilles à Nairobi, au Kenya. Environ 500 000 personnes y vivent.

[3] Découvrez l'article néerlandais NOS ici: https://nos.nl/video/2346202-elijah-filmt-het-politiegeweld-in-zijn-sloppenwijk.html, et l'article de la BBC ici: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-53025934 

[4] Elijah soutient déjà les habitants des bidonvilles avec son initiative jeunesse Sauti. Les jeunes sont encadrés pour acquérir une expérience pratique du tournage, des arts et d'autres compétences pour devenir ce qu'ils veulent devenir. Régardez Sauti: https://www.facebook.com/watch/TVSauti/ ou alors https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFlrToASX3c&t=5s&ab_channel=SautiTv


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Elijah Kanye

Elijah Kanye

My name is Elijah Kanyi, a Filmmaker/Producer and Director based in Nairobi, Kenya. Born and bred in Mathare slum, one of the oldest slums in East Africa. I have witnessed so much injustice over the years, which is what motivated me to become a Filmmaker. The career path I chose has given me an opportunity to tell the stories of my people, ranging from corruption, and inequality in health and education, resource distribution, police brutality & extrajudicial killings. Early in my life, I was determined to protect and project a voice for the people without a voice, and that's wat I do as a filmmaker. 

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