As part of the Accès Culture call for tenders from the Institut Français, the CulturePlus Association proposed the “HADINKAI” project, which means “synergy” in Hausa. Selected and benefiting from a grant from the French Institute, this project was also made possible thanks to the financial support of the AECIN.

The realizations

Two films were made.

VOLTE-FACE (based on an idea by Issa Moussa Oussama) A husband refuses that his wife works outside. Noting progress in the living environment and informed by his friends that it is women who act for the common good, he reconsiders his position. Available here.

LE VOEU (THE WISH) (based on an idea by Salifou Made Abbou) A father raises his daughter alone. He doesn’t know how to handle the situation when his daughter’s first menstruation occurs. Following the advice of their housekeeper, he asks his daughter what she wants the most. It is the return of his Mum, to which the father consents. Available here.

The project

HADINKAI” aims to promote artistic decompartmentalization and create a dynamic that will allow the dissemination to a wide audience of artistic works, particularly theater and cinema. Indeed, the very essence of theater as of cinema is to SHOW: the big difference is in the way in which we make and show these works: directly on a stage or indirectly on a screen. Since theater actors cannot always travel, adapting their works in cinema will be beneficial to them because this content will be able to travel on the multitude of digital screens that exist. Professional theater and film artists will work so that these two arts can serve their cause.

An artistic residency

HADINKAI” consists of setting up an artistic residency for 8 young boys and girls under 35, interested in theater and cinema. Having to justify a certain experience in their respective fields, they are selected on CV and presentation of a scripted story, then on interview, decisive in the recruitment stage. These young people are coached by professionals from the theater and cinema. During a week of residence, the young artists work in a theatrical version on their projects. The first day is devoted to the theatrical professions and its outlets, then to the development of the idea. The next two days to scripting. With the participation of the cinema trainer, two scenarios are chosen to be adapted into cinema. Then follows the staging, the casting, the sets, the light, the sound system and the acting. At the end of this training, the two plays are available. The cinema coach comes in the second week. The first day is devoted to the idea, its development and the adaptation of a theatrical work into cinema. Then the residents’ scenarios are adapted for the cinema in order to prepare them for production. For the filming of the films, the residents are also actors. The films are then edited, then screened with a first broadcast at the Maison de la Culture Loga Garba in Dosso.

A wide distribution

A dissemination plan is designed for the popularization of the two projects carried out. The two films will be broadcast on social networks and the two plays performed on identified community platforms. For the other projects, a remote follow-up and support mechanism has been set up by the coaches with a view to carrying them out. A facebook page (or a website) is created to follow the realization of the projects and their evolution.