by Aymeric Nicolet & Ellie Hodgetts
Erena...Our Eritrea is a short documentary following Eritrean pirate radio station ‘Radio Erena’. The station, based in Paris, was set up by former Eri TV journalist Biniam Simon with the aim to broadcast accurate news back to the people of Eritrea. Eritrea, under a current dictatorship, ranks as the worst country in the world in terms of freedom press and Radio Erena, for many Eritreans, is their only access to uncensored information.
Biniam and journalist Fathi Osman use their platform in the hope to initiate a change in a country that they feel they never really left. They speak openly about the country they love and their hopes to someday be able to return home.
You can view the film here which is followed by a Q&A with ArtReach’s Film Programmer Reba Martin and filmmakers Aymeric Nicolet and Ellie Hodgetts. Click play on the video box to the right and go full screen for the best viewing experience.
Age Guidance 18+
More from the Film Makers
“We became inspired to make this film after reading an article about Radio Erena and Biniam’s story. We were moved by the determination of the journalists to provide information for the Eritrean people in despite of the danger that came with it, and their love and longing for their home country.”
“We wanted to be a part of the festival because of its dedication to amplifying refugee and asylum seekers stories. We believe that the stories surrounding the journalists of Radio Erena are important and that we are rarely exposed to Eritrean stories, or even African stories as a whole in British media and we are excited for Journeys Festival to help us bring the film to the right audience.”
Produced by Nova Lux.
Part of Journeys into Film funded by FilmHub North.
Erena...Our Eritrea by Aymeric Nicolet & Ellie Hodgetts