Filmmakers Javier Marín and Yusuf Razzaque wanted to portray the struggle of an African village against a multinational corporation in this DOC.Spain documentary
10/242017. – The documentary Owino, debut film by directors Javier Marín and Yusuf Razzaque, premiered this Tuesday, October 24, at the 62nd edition of Seminci. The film, which competes in the DOC.Spain section, tells the story of an African community of less than 3,000 inhabitants which has fought, and continues to fight, against a multinational company that poisoned their village and their lives with illegal lead waste.
“With this feature film we wanted to make a complaint about the lead industry because they are killing people, right where they can least defend themselves,” is how one of its directors, Javier Marín, explained the objective of the film, which was filmed in different locations in Africa, as both filmmakers knew the situation when they decided to work on the continent.
The story of Owino is a drama with which this small population had to deal alone and that now is a problem that is expanding to more areas of Africa due to “false support of governments,” according to Marin. “This film is a portrait of how 80% of people live in Africa,” he added.
With a screen time of 72 minutes, the film is based on the personal experiences of the inhabitants of the village, and the project took almost three years to make. “We started thinking about the story in 2014, when we saw news in the local media that talked about the issue. We took it as an example of what was happening in many more places in Africa,” said Marín. “A problem that has not yet been resolved,” explained another of its directors, Yusuf Razzaque.
“Now, we hope this documentary will circulate and have something of an echo effect,” said one of its producers, Desirée García, who assures that the purpose of this documentary is to support the inhabitants of Owino. “The first step to help them was to tell the story in the best way possible and reach the widest audience, and that is why we thought to give the film a global spread, with screenings at various festivals, so that the greatest number of people can see it and be able to contribute a little bit of help where we can,” said filmmaker Marín.