放手去做:我在内罗毕贫民窟做电影制片人

我认为记者们对玛萨瑞的报道有误,他们误解了这里。所以我决定成为一名电影制作人,我想要为其正名并追寻自己内心的激情。
Kenya, East Africa

Story by Elijah Kanye. Edited by Vivian Jieluan Chen. Translated by Lina Bell
Published on December 19, 2020.

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我无所畏惧,逆着人潮向内罗毕酒店跑去,那里正是袭击发生的地方[1]。我们是第一批到达现场的记者:我,另一位记者和摄影师。一开始我们还不知道这到底是抢劫还是恐怖袭击,只是看到人们从酒店里跑出来,而我们却要到里面去。之后,地上的两具尸体和他们身上的弹孔明明白白地告诉我们,这就是一场恐怖袭击。酒店很大,我们至少得找到一面可以靠着的墙作为掩体,保护自己免受射击。回看素材时我才意识到,当时的情况是有多么的危险,我们的做法很不理智。没有任何的防护装备,无人受伤真是谢天谢地了。其他人都是远远地拍摄了当时的场景,只有我们在内部拍到了真实的情况。

我小时候的梦想是当一名职业足球选手。像很多我儿时的玛萨瑞 [2]朋友一样,我想在我们当地的足球俱乐部踢球,比如玛萨瑞联队或者皇家玛萨瑞。如果能去更好的地方,我就想去欧洲的曼联皇马。社区里只有一个真正的足球场:玛萨瑞仓库球场。我和朋友们占据了这个场地,很多年来我们都是那里最好的足球小将。出于某种原因,当地人并不喜欢我们这样。不过我爱死了这种生活,我就想像城里可口可乐的广告牌上写的那样:“足球人生,畅饮可口。”[3]很遗憾的是事情并不像我想的那样,我得在人生中寻找另外一个目标。

我认为记者们没有正确报道玛萨瑞。比如说,如果贫民窟的人打了起来,“外来者”们就会觉得太危险了,他们不敢走近去看看人们为什么打架。他们在误解玛萨瑞。这就是我13年前决定成为电影制作人的初心,用我玛萨瑞人的眼睛来看看这里到底发生了什么事,并以电影的方式记录下来。因为我小时候一直在这踢球,人们都认识我、信任我,有些人叫我“踢球的伊莱扎”,还有些人叫我“拍电影的伊莱扎”。

成为电影制作人是我心之所向。我发自内心地想要讲述发生在我的社区中的事,这个社区就是玛萨瑞。我想让真实的声音传递出去。一般来说我拍的都是积极的事情,因为你可能已经听说了很多消极的事情。然而,我也会始终对我的观众保持真诚,因为他们将我看作一个记者、一个电影制作人来信任。最近,我报道了一些严肃事件,比如新冠疫情期间,警方在贫民窟内使用暴力。通过纪录片的形式,我将玛萨瑞的故事分享到荷兰国家电视台、英国广播公司和其他媒体[4]

我的梦想是有朝一日我能为自己拍一部自传。我想以我的经历激励贫民窟中的年轻人,让他们相信,他们可以做成任何自己想做的事,自由地活着,忠于自己的内心。他们只需要放手去做。


注释

[1] https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-47202313

[2] 玛萨瑞是肯尼亚内罗毕的贫民聚集区,大概有50万人口。

[3] 译者注:此处原文为1998年法国世界杯上可口可乐的经典广告语:Eat football, sleep football, drink Coca-Cola.

[4] 作者在荷兰国家电视台发布的内容见:https://nos.nl/video/2346202-elijah-filmt-het-politiegeweld-in-zijn-sloppenwijk.html,英国广播公司发布的内容见:https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-53025934

[5] 伊莱扎已经设立了专门用于帮助贫民窟年轻人的项目“萨提”,在此项目中,年轻人们会在电影、艺术和其他技术方面得到手把手的指导。愿有朝一日能实现他们的梦想。关于“萨提”请访问:https://www.facebook.com/watch/TVSauti/或 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFlrToASX3c&t=5s&ab_channel=SautiTv


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Elijah Kanye

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My name is Elijah Kanyi, a Filmmaker/Producer and Director based in Nairobi, Kenya. Born and bred in Mathare slum, one of the oldest slums in East Africa. I have witnessed so much injustice over the years, which is what motivated me to become a Filmmaker. The career path I chose has given me an opportunity to tell the stories of my people, ranging from corruption, and inequality in health and education, resource distribution, police brutality & extrajudicial killings. Early in my life, I was determined to protect and project a voice for the people without a voice, and that's wat I do as a filmmaker. 

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