In July, a friend invited me to watch a movie called “Map for Saturday”. It’s great. It’s simply the best movie about travel. If you ever want to find out why we travel and have a better look at life along the roads, you should watch this movie. I showed it to my roommates a few times. And I also had the opportunity to interview Brook Silva Braga about this film and his experience. Currently, Brook is filming a new movie about Africa . A few months ago he showed me some footage, now that the movie is out, I thought it would be nice if he and I could talk about it.
Nomadic Matt: Why did you start making this documentary? It’s a far cry from his previous film.
Brook: Yes, it is very different indeed. Then I thought I’d definitely have to come up with another idea after “Map for Saturday ” was released. I had the opportunity to travel in Africa for about a year and I decided to make a movie about it. Maybe because “Map for Saturday ” focuses so much on the lives of foreigners, this time I will focus only on locals.
In “Map for Saturday” I only mentioned traveling, about myself, although I thought I needed to find a new idea. It’s just that, because making a film makes you live with a certain theme for a pretty long time, when it’s over, you’re ready to do something else. And yet, if you make a movie in a genre, a certain idea comes in a second time, people will get used to you doing just that topic, and I want to do more than that.
What do you hope viewers will understand in this movie?
My wish is that viewers will have a closer look at the miserable life of ordinary people in Africa . I think it’s going to be quite disappointing because what we see is only a small part of this continent, where really bad things are happening behind the veil of the Western media. west. In addition, a lot of the pictures and stories about life here are created by relief groups or organizations with the aim of trying to generate interest in a certain direction. I don’t belong to any organization, so I can tell real stories about it.
How did you know the spots to go to to film in this place?
Some people in the logistics industry have guided me to move from one country to another and be able to visit many places across the continent. My journey through 12 countries gave me a lot of material to edit. I am always on the lookout for interesting people, places or situations and always try to strike a balance between different parts of the continent, for example between rural and urban environments.
How do you choose people to film? Was there an interview process or did you just ask strangers?
Every time is different but usually I’ll just walk around an area, meet someone interesting and find out what those people have to offer to make a good documentary. There are also times when I try to get specific material by looking for someone who can demonstrate it. That’s how I met Bridgete after a month in Malawi trying to track down a woman the day she gave birth.
What are some of the challenges of filming in Africa ?
In many ways, Africa is a very easy place to film because people are very open with their lives and are not shy in front of the camera. The challenge here is the logistics because if you lose your Duel Systems P2 adapter you probably won’t be able to find a replacement anywhere around the area. I’ve been lucky enough to get through my trip with all gear intact but that’s a pretty frequent concern.
Most of the talk about Africa is poverty and war. When making this film, were those perceptions true to what you wanted to convey?
I agree that those topics are covered time and time again and I think there are two main reasons for it. First of all, stories from these remote parts of the world only make the news when they’re extraordinary, and tragic, so we usually only hear from a place like Zimbabwe when there’s something terrible going on in this country. .
The other reason is hardly acceptable in my opinion. Too many people write books, make documentaries or tell stories about Africa and they decide for themselves what their story will be before they even set foot on the continent. My purpose in releasing “One Day in Africa” was to come here and let the people I meet write the script for the movie instead of following the bullet points that I prepared in Manhattan.
“A Day in Africa ” will be featured on the official website – A Day in Africa . I also recommend checking out the Map for Saturday.