[Each month, one or various users of Qosqo Maki interview a person of their choice in order to have their vision of the institution]
Johanne and Simon were in Qosqo Maki from January 20th to February 6th as part of their project “Ils sont demain”.
Johanne, Darhuin and Simon
Darhuin: Could you introduce yourself?
Johanne: We are Johanne and Simon, we are 27 and are from France.
D: Why did you come to Qosqo Maki?
J: We are part of the project « Ils sont demain » (literally: « They are tomorrow »), that helps different institutions in their communication producing solidarity videos. We are now in America Latina to realize this project, Qosqo Maki being the first institution whom we propose our services to. Simon is a professional video director and I particularly know well the how associations work. We wanted to discover Peru and the project of Qosqo Maki seemed very interesting to us.
D: Do you also produce music videos?
Simon: Yes, my job in France consists in realizing videos for clients who organize music festivals and concert (electronic music, world music, hip-hop, rap…). Each month, I cover one or two concerts in the South of France.
D: What do you think about Qosqo Maki?
J: We really feel well here because everybody (the youths, the team) are very friendly and welcoming. During the day we work on the video, but the best moments we spend are during the night when we talk and exchange with the youths. Before we arrived, we tried to imagine how Qosqo Maki would be, but at the end, it’s even better than what we thought!
S: I really like the energy and the good vibrations of the youths, the educators and the visitors of the project… Everybody meets and exchanges.
D: What about the production of the video in Qosqo Maki? Isn’t it hard?
S: The complicated thing is to talk about everything that Qosqo Maki does: there are so many things that it is hard to choose what we are going to show in such a short promotional video. In the case of Qosqo Maki, it’s more complicated than an association that only has one program.
J: We spent five hours watching all the pictures, but we can only choose some of them, and that’s very hard because there are many good pictures. There was more than an hour of interview, and we can only select 2 minutes…
D: What do you think about the youths of the dormitory?
J: We have different relationships with each of you: there are some we see during the day as it was the moment when they prepared the graphic arts exposition, and others we see much less as they work all day and we only meet them a few minutes at night. We spend very good time with you, even if sometimes the language can be an obstacle: sometimes it can be hard to understand what you say, but the gesture helps! I really like learning from you and that you ask us questions about our project.
S: Exactly. I also really liked taking part of the general cleaning of the dormitory last Sunday, it was a really nice moment of exchange.
D: I had the occasion to participate in the carpentry training, what do you think about the training shops?
J: We were very lucky because we had the chance to visit the two training shops, which is not the case of everybody. What I like about Qosqo Maki is that with these training shops, the association has a very wide vision of the opportunities it can give to the youths: it is not only about giving them a place to spend the night, but also the opportunity to train if they want it. Also, I really like the raisin breads from the bakery!
D: What do you think about Cusco food?
S: There is too much rice! The good thing here is that you can have lunch anytime during the day in a restaurant, which is not always the case in France.
J: I really like ceviche (if it’s not too spicy). Here, the dishes are cooked with many natural products, on the contrary of frozen food or ready meals that we find in French supermarkets. Moreover, lunch is an important moment of the day where we talk and exchange, while in Europe, people don’t always take time to eat: they cook very fast their food, eat quickly and do not make most this time to exchange with other people.
D: After Cusco, where do you plan to visit?
J: We are going to Lima in order to realize a video for an association that raise awareness about the environment and urban agriculture to the youths. If everything goes well, after Lima, we will go to Iquitos in different Amazonian communities where they organize a music festival an art workshops. Then, we will leave Peru to go to Colombia, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile, and then we will finally go back to France.
Darhuin Chumpe Mamani & Anaïs Mesnil