Behind the Scenes

Want to know more about how we make our Mobile Cinema films?

Each story is written in a collaborative setting that includes professional screenwriters, the film director, local community members and DTJ’s Program Director . The story-writing process resources DTJ’s original research to ensure accuracy and a nuanced understanding of the issue. Written dialogue reflects language from interviews within the research. The story-writing process is an exciting part of the film creation and relies heavily on the input from our local partners. We strongly emphasize creativity and original authorship. All of our films are commissioned by us while retaining an independent spirit.
We hold open auditions and chose primarily first-time actors based on performance ability, comprehension and personal commitment to the objectives of the Mobile Cinema film and intervention. We choose to work with people who have been personally affected by the conflict which serves a dual purpose: it engages them in a powerful process of identification and healing themselves and generates a much more real connection to the characters and subject matter .
We hold acting workshops to teach acting techniques, rehearse the scenes and become familiar with the story.
We shoot the film with a diverse production crew within the community in the local language. We see our film crew as a big family, all committed together to seeing communities affected by war be closer to peace.
Our Mobile Cinema screenings work like this: one of our local partners goes to a community pre-selected as an implementation site for the full intervention. They find the largest building around and with a blow-up screen, a projector and a generator, set up the Mobile Cinema screening.
Every step from story creation to production to local screenings happen hand in hand with our regional partners. To read more about why film is a powerful tool to create behavior change in Africa, read this interview with Ernest Sugule, Founder of SAIPED, our partner in Dungu, DRC.