The documentary feature film MAGIC RADIO has its Santa Barbara Premiere at UCSB’s MultiCultural Center Theater on Wednesday, November 16th, at 6pm: part of Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum‘s WIRELESS radio-themed exhibition celebrating KCSB’s “50 Years of People-Powered Radio.” :

Magic Radio @ UCSB's MultiCultural Center Theater: CLICK TO ENLARGE!

“In Niger, where more than 80% of the population is illiterate, radio is the main means of mass communication. Simple yet reliable, the radio is everywhere, in the streets, homes and the bush.

It entertains, educates, informs and helps provide a check on power. Today, through the radio waves, the citizens of Niger seize the microphone and taste democracy.

It’s an FM revolution.”

MAGIC RADIO depicts radio culture in the Sahel state of Niger, Africa, after the state radio lost its monopoly in 1994 and dozens of local and private radio stations were established, leading to the so-called “Révolution FM.”

The work of Swiss filmmakers Stephanie Barbey and Luc Peter (Intermezzo Films), MAGIC RADIO discusses the consequences of media democratization for society, culture, politics and everyday life; and sheds a light on the magic of the media radio, seen from the perspective of both producers and listeners.

(Stéphanie Barbey and Luc Peter, 83 min., French and Hausa with English subtitles, 2007, Switzerland and France.)

Part of the MCC’s Cup of Culture series.