How was the reunion with childhood friends and family?
It was weird. People gave me so much attention and respect at the point where I felt so different. You know, like a stranger. Until now, I don’t think I’ve been able to reconnect with childhood friends. The subject that constantly pops up is my experience being in Canada, which I don’t like to talk about. I don’t want to nourish the idea of immigrating to Canada as a symbol of success.
Everything was great with my family, I just felt like I missed so much and that feeling inspired me to write this film.
Have you ever at any point worried that you might forget Ivory Coast and therefore forget a part of who you are?
Forget Ivory Coast? Not really. I still have all my memories intact like it was yesterday. But that’s the problem, things have changed since, but I still have that old memory of home. I missed so many things that sometimes I feel like this was not home anymore or at least not the one I had in mind coming back. Also, people at home don’t consider you as a local. At this point, you have no choice but to question yourself about which place you belong to. Questioning yourself about this is really a struggle.
Something I know for sure is that making art helps me create a space for myself based on these two cultural influences. Every piece I’m writing is a part of who I am and defines the values I stand for.