EN - Kakuma in Kenya is one of the biggest refugee camps in the Horn of Africa. Many children in the camp live without their parents. Phone numbers then remain the only fragile threads that connect them. But due to conflict situations, phone numbers quickly get lost and the children lose all contact with their families. Dot, Nyakong, Souade, Claude, Mitu, Amina and thousands of others are in search for their parents. But how do you that? And how do you fill the days, waiting for them? Last year, the teenagers of Kakuma helped to design an app to reconnect families. They spread the app over the camp and very quickly 3,000 children had signed up. When sharing their personal data in the app, these children all receive an avatar in this interactive documentary. Their avatars are placed on a map of Kakuma; every avatar represents a real person living in Kakuma.

You are in Kakuma. Find the avatar of the 6 main characters among hundreds of others in the camp, and unlock their stories. You discover how Dot, Nyakong, Claude, Amina, Mitu and Souade live in the camp without their parents, why they had to flee South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Congo, and how they hope to find back their family. Combining documentary storytelling, gaming elements and the impact of digital innovation in refugee situations, Find Me in Kakuma wants to know if children and parents can be reunited? Find them in the camp and follow their search!

NL - Kakuma in Kenia is een van de grootste vluchtelingenkampen in de Hoorn van Afrika. Veel kinderen in het kamp wonen er zonder hun ouders. Telefoonnummers zijn het enige dat hen met hun ouders verbindt. Maar in conflictsituaties gaan telefoonnummers makkelijk verloren en de kinderen verliezen alle contact met hun familie. Dot, Nyakong, Souade, Claude, Mitu, Amina en duizenden anderen zijn op zoek naar hun ouders. Maar hoe kan je hen terugvinden? En hoe vul je je dagen terwijl je op hen wacht? Samen met zijn jonge vrienden in het kamp ontwikkelde filmmaker Lieven Corthouts een mobiele app die de zoektocht van de kinderen kan versnellen. Alle kinderen die zich inschreven op de app krijgen een avatar in de webdocumentaire. Door de combinatie van storytelling en real-time datavisualisatie, wil Find Me in Kakuma de onzichtbare realiteit van deze kinderen zichtbaar maken. En deze realiteit veranderen. Vinden de kinderen hun familie terug? Zoek hen in het kamp en volg hun verhaal!

FR - A Kakuma, l’un des plus grands camps de réfugiés dans la Corne de l’Afrique, nombreux sont les enfants et les jeunes adolescents qui ont perdu tout contact avec leurs parents à causes des conflits. Comment les retrouver ? Et comment tuer le temps, en attendant ? Find me in Kakuma souhaite nous faire prendre conscience, de manière créative et active, des conditions de vie de jeunes réfugiés non accompagnés sans les confiner dans un rôle de victimes.

Info

Title Find Me in Kakuma
Original title Find Me in Kakuma
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Genre Interactive documentary
Year 2017
World première / first public presentation 2017-12-19

Credits

Photography Lieven Corthouts
Sound Tony Houziaux, Raf Enckels
Art director Khom, Aline Mathy
Music Stef Kamil Carlens, Anouar Brahem
Game design Fabienne Giezendanner
Animation & mock-up Anita Harres-Dauque
Narration Kathryn Cops
Web development & coding French and Fresh

Technical specs

Running time film 60'
Release format Website
Colour Colour
Available in 2D

Partners

Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Pictanovo, Belgian Development Cooperation - DGD, VRT/Canvas, CNC, MEDIA programme of the European Union, SCAM
Production partners Zéro de Conduite Productions

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Last edited on 17 April 2018

Short info

Director Lieven Corthouts, Fabienne Giezendanner
Producers Emmy Oost
Writers Lieven Corthouts, Fabienne Giezendanner
Contact

Cassette for timescapes
Emmy Oost
Schuurstraat 39
9040 Ghent
Belgium
T +32 9 278 05 90
emmy@timescapes.be
www.timescapes.be

Sales

Website www.findmeinkakuma.com
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