At Invisible Children, we believe in storytelling through film as a powerful way to challenge a society’s perspectives and catalyze collective action for positive change. That is why we are so excited about our newest mobile cinema film Le Pouvoir du Dialogue

This fictionalized story of community leaders who intervene to prevent conflict from becoming violent aims to promote peaceful dialogue as a response to conflict. It is also our first mobile cinema film to be entirely produced by Central African artists and filmmakers. 

The film is designed to spark conversations, challenge perceptions, and ultimately support local peacebuilding efforts specifically in areas of eastern Central African Republic (CAR) that have faced or are currently facing intercommunal violence. For the film to do that successfully, it was essential for local hands to craft it. We are so grateful to be able to invest in and support the work of Central African artists and peacebuilders through this project.

A screening of our mobile cinema film, Ani Wa Sa, in northeastern Congo (Aug 2019)

Le Pouvoir du Dialogue, which means The Power of Dialogue was developed and produced by a team of Central African filmmakers from OAZ Entertainment led by filmmakers, Bachir Niang So and Orphé Zaza Bamoy. Niang So and Bamoy are two of the most highly engaged artists and peacebuilders active in CAR today. Both have a wealth of experience in creating films and launching local initiatives for peacebuilding. In 2018, they were both part of the team that created our previous mobile cinema film, Ani Wa Sa. 

In addition to the local filmmakers from OAZ, our local partner organization, Bria Londo, was key to ensuring that the film reflected local communities and the challenges facing them. We have worked with Bria Londo on peacebuilding projects in eastern CAR for several years and have seen first hand how their diverse membership and commitment to peace have made them a widely trusted mediator in response to armed group violence and intercommunal tensions among a wide range of actors in the region. 

Bria Londo staff working with community members at a peacebuilding meeting. (Jun 2019)

Le Pouvoir du Dialogue was developed during conversations between OAZ, Bria Londo, and community representatives, which were facilitated by Invisible Children staff in eastern CAR. The participation of members of local ethnic, religious, and socio-economic groups was key to ensuring that OAZ and Bria Londo were able to produce a film based on a deep understanding of community needs and challenges. 

Following these discussions, the team of Central African artists and peacebuilders worked together to produce the film from start to finish. From drafting the script, to casting local actors,  to directing, filming, and editing — every aspect of this project was led by local experts. 

In the next several months, Le Pouvoir du Dialogue will be copied onto micro-SD cards and distributed by local peace committees in eastern CAR as part of Invisible Children’s peacebuilding programming in the region. By distributing the film on micro-SD cards, which many people in the region already use to share media, we hope that the film and its message can reach a broader audience for a wider impact. 

Invisible Children has had success distributing audio messaging through micro-SD cards. This will be the first time we distribute mobile cinema content through the medium.

Your support allows us to invest in local artists and experts to create innovative and dynamic solutions to violence and other local challenges. Donate to Invisible Children today and help ensure that local peacebuilders across central Africa have the support they need to make their communities safer.