This film follows artist and activist Issa Nyaphaga journey through his journey to build a solar powered community radio station in his remote home village in Cameroon, West Africa. To raise funds, he uses with art, he acquires materials, gathers a labor pool, builds the station, trains citizen journalists and makes the station work for the betterment of his community. Issa Nyaphaga was a journalist in Cameroon in the 1990s where he was jailed and tortured for his political cartoons. He is now heading back to his village in Cameroon to build a solar powered community radio station to educate villagers about public health, the environment, gay rights and women’s issues. This information will be spread by training citizen journalists to report on local health and human rights concerns. Nditam, Issa’s village, has no running water, no electricity, no hospital and no public news service.
In 2013 Issa and Jay Minton and Sophie Rousmaniere of Issue TV travelled to Cameroon and documented the erection of a 150 foot tall radio tower in Issa’s remote village. As the title implies, RADIO TABOO discusses things that people often don’t talk about due to strict taboos and lack of education.
In 2016 the team returned with Jim Ellinger of Austin Airwaves, community Radio Pioneer to help complete the solar powered radio station and get on the air! With the help of local film Maker Narcisse Sandjon, Sophie, Jay and Issa completed production on the documentary film, and Jim helped get the station running. Today Radio Taboo is broadcasting news by the people and for the people.