When a market trader becomes frustrated with the local police inspector who is more interested in lining his pockets than finding her missing daughter, a magic drink causes the two to switch bodies-with hilarious results and eye-opening perspectives.Originally recorded in English and Swahili for Kenyan audiences, Crossroads was reproduced into French (Les Pistes Croisées, Senegal), Portuguese (Caminhos Cruzados, Mozambique), and isiZulu (Zaphamban' izindlela, SA).
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The story is about what happens when a market women, frustrated by an old, corrupt police chief in the search for her missing daughter, makes a wish she never expects to come true. As a result of a magical potion, the two switch bodies. Now in the police chief's body the search for the girls goes a little smoother, and event the police chief learns of few lessons about what it's like to be a woman in Africa.
Raising awarness about the Proto colEach episode of Crossroads is thematically related to an Article in the Protocol, specifically the right to peace, the right to freedom from violence, the right to marriage and divorce, to political participation, to education and reproductive and sexual health
Behind the scenes
The series was recorded in Kenya, Senegal, Mozambique, and most recently South Africa, involving local actors and musicians in each location. A lively original theme song accompanies each episode, and both complements the drama and stands alone as a powerful call to action for people to work together for women's rights. livel y original theme song accompanies each episode, and both complements the drama and stands alone as a powerful call to action for people to work together for women's rights
The drama also includes a guide for radio presenters and community organisations, giving them ideas on how to take the drama further in their programming. The easy to follow guide gives presenters suggestions for questions to ask listeners or studio guests, as well as stories they can do that relate to the themes in each episode. It also contains key contacts and informatio n about women's rights, and a simplified breakdown of key articles in the Protocol that relate to the themes in the drama. The English and Swahili productions launched in September 30, 2008 in Nairobi, Kenya. The launch was preceded by a media workshop on September 29, organised by the African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), that provided journalists with information and skills for reporting on the AU Protocol and women's rights issues.