Congo Television Pilot Featuring HIV/AIDS Stories in Local Language to Air
October 9, 2007
The first episode of "My Story" -- a television series inspired by people living with HIV/AIDS in the Democratic Republic of Congo -- is scheduled to air this month on Congolese television stations in Lingala, the most common local language, Inter Press Service reports. The series director, Djo Tunda Wa Munga, a Congolese filmmaker who trained at Institut National Superieur des Arts du Spectacle in Brussels, Belgium, said another local program inspired him to create the series. "I was very surprised to see AIDS patients come openly and with uncovered faces to speak of the illness on television," Wa Munga said.
Gerrit Rauws, health affairs director at KBF, said the foundation had two goals in supporting the series -- "helping a Congolese cinematic project [and] an ambitious project to fight HIV/AIDS." Sabine Ruppol, a technical counselor for Belgian governmental aid, called the film a "strong signal," adding that "each Congolese can recognize themselves in it, and that's proof of success."
The series is the first HIV/AIDS-related television program to air in Lingala. The pilot also will air on TV5 Monde and will appear at film festivals, including the Fortnight of Francophone Cinema, which begins Friday in Paris. According to UNAIDS data from 2005, there are about one million people living with HIV/AIDS in DRC, including approximately 100,000 children (Walschaerts, Inter Press Service, 10/5).
A preview of the production can be seen on YouTube.
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.