Níger/França/Alemanha | 2021 | 82 min | Documentário | 14 anos
Direção: Aïcha Macky
Roteiro: Aïcha Macky
Fotografia: Julien Bossé
In the town of Zinder in Niger, in the poor area of Kara-Kara which used to be the lepers’ district, a culture of gang violence reigns. A group of youths is trying to break free from this violence, some are trying to start a family and make a life for themselves rather than end up in prison. Aicha Macky, who comes from Zinder, films their daily lives divided between their gangs and their families. We discover how they skilfully cope with life’s challenges and witness their desire to break free from the cycle of violence which has built their identities.
About the director
Aïcha Macky was born in 1982 in the Republic of Niger and earned a master’s degree in sociology and documentary film at Gaston Berger University in Senegal. Her first short film was “Moi et ma maigreur / Me and My Thinness” about the perception of the thin body by the inhabitants of Niger. She continued her training at Contrechamps and Maggia Images (Niger) and worked as an assistant for numerous feature films and documentaries. “The Fruitless Tree / L’Arbre sans fruit” (2016) was her first documentary film, which was screened worldwide and won several awards.