In Kinshasa and Ouagadougou, scriptwriters work on the next African series

In Kinshasa and Ouagadougou, scriptwriters work on the next African series

April 24, 2019

Following the success of the Invisibles and Sahko et Mangane television series on Canal +, which were created with support from CFI in the form of training workshops, the adventure continues with two new projects.

In partnership with the production companes "Clarimage"" and "On est ensemble productions", a political thriller set in Kinshasa and featuring eight 52-minute episodes is currently in the writing phase. Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, has two faces: a small, extremely wealthy elite lives alongside a people plunged into poverty; Kinshasa the beautiful borders Kinshasa the dustbin.
Trained by one of the scriptwriters of Sakho et Mangane, Olivier Messa Essono, the six preselected Congolese scriptwriters worked from 1 to 13 April 2019 on developing the series and its logistical, economic and industrial constraints. They also looked at the construction of narrative arcs and the synopsis.


The team of Congolese scriptwriters with trainer Olivier Messa Essono (left)
and producers Samantha Biffot, Clarisse Muvuba and Pierre Ceccaldi (centre).

In March 2019, CFI launched a call for applications and selected, in partnership with "Acacia Productions", ten scriptwriters, who met up for a first writing workshop at the Institut Français in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).
After this workshop, a second selection took place.The five candidates selected by the jury – which included Gaston Kaboré, the founder of a film school in Ouagadougou – will meet up again in June. The series, featuring ten 52-minute episodes, will adapt a story based on actual events, the story of a supplier of fake visas, a real serial killer.

The ten scriptwriters at the Institut Français in Ouagadougou,
with Gaston Kabore and, to his left, trainer Marthe Verdet.