You Look at Me Like an Emergency: Act 1
Love Radio is a transmedia documentary about the process of reconciliation in post-genocide Rwanda, based on the popular radio soap ‘Musekeweya’ (New Dawn).
It consists of a web documentary, mobile Tap stories and an exhibition.
The project straddles the thin line between fact and fiction. At first glance it tells a linear, almost fairy-tale narrative. But a closer look reveals the complex reality. While in the soap happy endings predominate, reconciliation in real life is rather more intransigent. After the gruesome killings, how can perpetrators and victims live with and love each other?
April 2014 marks 20 years since almost one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were murdered. Virulent hate campaigns in the media were at the heart of the genocide. On the same frequency that in 1994 incited the murder of the Tutsi ‘inyenzi’ (cockroaches), the radio soap Musekeweya today broadcasts a message of reconciliation. The soap is immensely popular, with millions tuning in to the weekly episodes.
Love Radio is a collaboration with journalist Eefje Blankevoort, designers Kummer & Herrman and interactive designer Sara Kolster.