Juba in the Making

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Juba in the Making tells the story of the development of Juba, the capital city of South Sudan. South Sudan became independent in 2011 after decades of war, but a new armed conflict started in 2013.

  • €25,000 Budget in Euros
  • 2016 Final release date
  • Round winner
  • 2 Locations
  • 24 Durations in months

Juba in the Making tells the story of the development of Juba, the capital city of South Sudan, a country which became independent in 2011 after decades of wars, and where a new armed conflict started in 2013 as a consequence of a months-long political crisis within the young country's ruling party.

Rich in oil resources, highly supported by international aid agencies but still subject to violence, South Sudan has seen its capital city grow almost from scratch, at a challenging speed. Looking at the huts surrounding high-rises under construction, one wonders: where is this city heading? Who is shaping its future? Can Juba's development become sustainable? What is the impact of the current conflict?

Juba in the Making is a webdocumentary that merges film and journalism. The central feature of the project is an evolving interactive map through which a number of locations can be visited. When users visit a location, they have access to stories taking place in that particular part of Juba.

The webdoc was initiated in 2013, before the outbreak of civil war in South Sudan, when Juba was referred to as the 'fastest growing city in Africa'. We started by filming the Story of Mary: the quest of university students to understand and improve waste management in town. Civil war broke out right in the middle of the shoot, and long months were needed to resume working on the project. The Story of Mary was eventually published in July 2016, at a time where we thought peace had returned. But it is right then that fighting erupted again in the capital, leading to increased military confrontation throughout South Sudan.

The subsequent phase of the Juba In The Making project documents how civil war has impacted the development of South Sudan's capital, created immense economic difficulties for its residents, and left major nation-building projects unrealized. Accessible through the websites of our media partners as well as on jubainthemaking.com, several films and written pieces tell stories of ordinary struggles in the face of poverty, displacement and an uncertain future.

The audience can access Juba in the Making in English, French and Italian.

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