Banlieue Project

From Togo to France: Michel takes his father's journey to the stage

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By: Wassim NASR | Erin Ogunkeye | Ségolène MALTERRE
8 min

Michel Djiwonou wanted to learn more about his father Yawo's journey from Togo to France some 40 years ago. After numerous exchanges with him, he put the story down on paper before taking it to the stage. But Djiwonou's play, "My Father’s Journey", transcends his father's account of migration. It also recounts the shared experience of millions of immigrants across France. He tells us more.

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Banlieue Project is a platform for residents of France's disadvantaged suburbs to tell their own stories. We provide the camera and they film their experiences to break down clichés about the French "banlieues".

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