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As you open your eyes: Exploring Poste Lafayette (Mauritius)

David, Jessica and little baby Clara have reached Mauritius on Wednesday the 14th of June 2017.They have been warmly welcomed by the inhabitants of Poste Lafayette. The team started their field work the very next day and I am glad to be sharing the experience with them. So many things amazed me among which how little Clara interacted with the inhabitants. It was beautiful to witness how a child could connect people. I am proud to say that I now know what is a "dead cat". Jessica and David explained to me the importance of this long, furry object which is meant to clear unwanted noises during recording and in which there is a very sensitive microphone.

The first day the “visual development” family went to meet the inhabitants I remember very well the stars shining in the eyes of the women present. It was not only about the hope but also about the excitement and the pride because their story is the first of a series of six which will be shared to the world. Furthermore, what caught my attention was not the jokes the women were making about having to do their make-up etc. but the fact that they felt special because their story was deserving enough to be told and shared as a beacon.  

Therefore, we have decided with David and Jessica to be authentic in our approach to reach out to the Poste Lafayette Community. To capture the essence of SALT and its impacts on the community, we have decided to tailor-make our approach for each interview so as each interviewee feel valued. We want to have a unique and fruitful collaboration between the team and the interviewees.

Furthermore, with the recent political upheavals regarding the squatters in Mauritius, we do not want outside factors to influence the making of the documentary. As we do not want the video to be a tool for political propaganda, the questions will be well thought and tactful so as we keep our intent and focus throughout the interviews. 

Also, we are aware that the dreams have not been achieved yet due to reasons beyond of the inhabitants’ control and therefore we want the interviewees to also reflect on the various steps and key questions they were asked during the process. We want to have on record how the various SALT processes and activities triggered a reflection and change in them. We want to be adaptable and keep a positive attitude always.

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Comment by Yumilah Govinden on June 23, 2017 at 3:57am

Thank you very much Phil and Autry. I am also looking forward to delve more into this unique opportunity i have been given and be able to share the behind the scenes stories. 

Comment by Autry Haynes on June 23, 2017 at 12:18am

Hi Yumilah, this is truly a remarkable start to what I am sure will be an exciting journey for the members of Poste Lafayette and wider Mauritius community. I learn from this post your willingness and eagerness to be part of this journey with the team [including Clara (^_^)] and community members. As well, of course your desire to share here what the journey is like. I am logged in, right here for those stories (^_^).

Thanks much for sharing.


Comment by Phil on June 22, 2017 at 11:06pm

Dear Yumilah, 

I hope that we are at the start of the start of a great adventure and we are very pleased and fortunate to have you as part of that adventure. I look forwards to your reports from Mauritius and Poste Lafayette. 


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