BETWEEN FILM AND FAMILY – WOMEN IN THE COUNTRIES OF THE SAHEL
with Ramatou Keïta (director, Niger) and Aicha Macky (director, Niger)
Moderation: Claire DiaoDiscussion
in French with German translation
In the run-up: Journal Rappé / Hip-Hop Performance with Xuman and Cheikh Tidiane Kourouma (Senegal)
How is the image of women changing in the countries of the Sahel? How do women shape their identity between tradition, religion, globalization and exile? Together with the Nigerien filmmakers Rahmatou Keïta and Aicha Macky we talk about the other Sahel, the everyday, which consists not only of poverty, violence and terror, as is often assumed in Western media. We discuss how women in the Sahel assert themselves in patriarchal structures, and how these structures change, how they fight for the recognition of their cultures and shape societies – from the little things of everyday life to great films.
AICHA MACKY (* 1982) is a documentary filmmaker from Niger. After studying sociology at the University of Niamey, She graduated in documentary film from Gaston Berger University in St. Louis, Senegal. In her films Macky treats tabuthems like body perceptions, sexuality and gender relations. Her documentary L’ARBRE SANS FRUIT – THE FRUITLESS TREE (2016) awarded Best Documentary at the African Movie Academy Awards in Nigeria.
RAHMATOU KEÏTA is a Nigerian filmmaker, journalist and author who has worked for French media for a long time. She founded her own film production company, the Sonrhay Empire Productions.Her first documentary, AL’LÈÈSSI – UNE ACTRICE AFRICAINE, was released in 2004. at the Berlinale. Keïta was the Honorary President of the FESPACO Festival in 2009. At the Cannes Film Festival. In 2014, she presented her short feature film JÌN’NAARIY!