I enjoyed the news articles and clips in between each new perspective. It was an interesting pairing in seeing how the media and news will frame stories vs. someone’s own personal account.
I also really loved the young Coder who won the Google contest, and how that story was seemingly separate and almost unaffected by the crisis, and yet maybe impacted more so, in that no matter the victory or achievement, the shadow of violence still looms. So poignant and poetic. Great placement for it to.
What I didn't like
We want more!! I would love to see this story developed further for a possible long form solo show.
My overall impression
Relevant. Complex. Striking.
I did not know about the Anglophone crisis in Cameroon, which can be said for so many crises around the world, and yet more and more we are becoming made aware of these issues through various forms of social media, a point highlighted in the show. Ghost Town is a testament to power of one person’s desire to engage in a story, digging into all its complexities, and sharing one’s discoveries, in the hopes of igniting others’ concern and curiosity about the worlds unknown and stories untold.
Ejuma bares witness to history’s predictable recurrence when not studied wholly by bringing forth not only the roots of violence in Cameroon, but the haunting voices of those impacted most by it.
Each voice, each perspective, is entirely realized in its own right, that one can’t help but finding themselves sharing in each persona’s truth, which inevitably conflicts with another.
The delicacy in which Constance has brought forth this story is evident, along with the consideration of its importance and relevancy then and now.