Turkiye Diyanet Foundation introduces the outdoor movie screen to African children.

6 January 2022


Turkiye Diyanet Foundation prepared an outdoor movie screen for its documentary “Yargaliga” Road to Water” for the water well and foundation fountain in the village of Sojadey, 220 kilometers from Niamey, the capital of the West African country of Niger.

The vast majority of African children and citizens who watched the documentary outdoors on stage and the screen created with local facilities got acquainted with the screen through the Turkiye Diyanet Foundation.

Selman Aktas, responsible for Water Well and Foundation Fountain of the Foundation, stated that they strive to provide humanity with water by opening foundation fountains in geographies that have difficulty accessing clean drinking water, especially in Africa.

Furthermore, to explain these studies better, Aktas stated that they prepared a documentary about The Water Well and Foundation Fountain about 2 years ago, and said that the first screening of the documentary, which was completed in Niger and called “Yargaliga”, was held at the foundation head office with the participation of Prof. Dr. Ali Erbas, Head of Religious Affairs and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Turkiye Diyanet Foundation.

Aktas, noting also that the documentary received a lot of attention in Turkiye, and said:

“We wanted to surprise people in the village of Sojadey by watching a documentary that attracts so much attention and interest. 

Moreover, We prepared a stage in the village with local facilities. We found a tailor and planted two 3-meter pieces of cloth that we bought from the capital Niamey, and created a white movie screen. We rented a generator and sound system from a city 55 kilometers away from the village. Using the projector we rented from the capital, Niamey, we launched our documentary onto the screen that we created with local facilities. The documentary, which we translated into Cermaca, the local language used in the region, was also very popular with the people of Sojadey. We had to show our 15-minute documentary 3 times on request.”

Aktas stated that they popped corn, which they had bought from the capital so that the children could experience the cinematic atmosphere and offered it to the children during the documentary screening, and said that ” the majority of children in the village, who are trying to hold on to life despite the impossibilities, tasted the popcorn on this occasion.” 

Aktas explained that not only children but also adults looked curiously we were preparing the scene. When they came across a platform they’d never seen in their lives, their curiosity increased. Their surprise turned into pleasures after the movie set in. The children in the documentary enjoyed an inexplicable amount of happiness, especially when they saw themselves on the screen. Alhamdulillah, we were able to create a little happiness in their huge worlds.” he added.

Aktas explained that it is not easy at all to create a cinema stage in a region where it is only possible to reach the village by local guides and where water is supplied by fountains and water resources by non-governmental organizations traveling from Turkiye. Electricity is provided by simple solar energies only to the extent that it is possible to operate phones that do not require as much power or power as phones. “Despite all these difficulties, we are so happy to realize an event that, especially children, have witnessed for the first time in their lives,” he said.

Aktas stated that the documentary screening held in Sojadey, which is 7,400 kilometers from Turkiye and can be reached for 10 hours; by plane for six hours and four hours by car, was a first for the region.