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by Nathalie Borgers / 2009

-- synopsis

Domagali, the head of the caravan, and all the other Toubou women from Bedouaram, are about to undertake the 1500 km journey accross the desert to harvest dates. Not only is the the caravan crucial to each woman’s basic household economy, its stakes are high on other levels for Amina, Mariama and Wazouma.
Amina is a 24-year-old divorcee, and she’s decided to leave the Sahara desert and start a small business in town. Putting her plan into action depends on the abundance of the harvest. For the Tubu people, living in the Sahara desert is both harsh and very simple. Men and women have clearly defined roles. The men are camel breeders; the women are tied to the home. For anything a woman wants to do, she needs her husband’s permission. For the women, this condition would be unbearable if it wasn’t for the annual caravan that takes them on a 1500 kilometre journey on foot across the desert to collect dates. Even if the conditions are extreme, selling their date harvest brings them economic independence, pride and self confidence. Domagali, Amina and Mariama are four women whose destinies draw us into their world. Conflicts between tradition and modernity, between individual freedom and clan solidarity punctuate their stories.

-- technical data

Director and script : Nathalie Borgers
D.O.P. : Jean-Paul Meurisse
Editor : Dieter Pichler
Sound : Yunus Acar
Music: Thierry Zaboitzeff
Lenght : 90’ feature – 52’ short version
Format : 16 mm (35 mm theatre release & Beta Digital TV)
Original language : French and toubou
Co-production: Entre Chien et Loup (BE) / Lotus Film (A) / Liaison Cinématographique (FR)
With the support of OFI (Österreichisches Filminstitut), CFB (Communauté Française de Belgique), WFF (Filmfonds Wien), EURIMAGES (Conseil de l’Europe) – ORF (Film/Fernseh-Abkommen), France 5, RTBF – Unité de Programmes Documentaires, CNC (Centre National de la Cinématographie), DGCD (Belgian development Cooperation)
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-- festivals and prizes

14th Pusan Internation Film Festival (2009)