IF YOU ARE A MAN
Burkina Faso, France 2022 – Director: Simon Panay – Original language: Lyélé, Moor – Subtitles: English, French, None
Opio sings and laughs to calm his fear as he goes down into the depths of the Perkoa gold mine in his homeland of Burkina Faso for the very first time. Patiently and diligently, the strong-willed youth tries to extract gold from a sack full of stone in order to realise his dream: Opio wants to go to school. Dayela Valenzuela
We present the world premiere of the film.
Camera: Simon PANAY. Sound: Souleymane DRABO. Editing: Thomas MARCHAND, Simon PANAY. Music: Philippe FIVET. Production: Loull Productions, Moteur S’il Vous Plait. Producer: Xavier Castano, Christie Molia. Co-pro: Acacia Productions, Canal+ International. Length: 76 min. International Sales: CERCAMON.
No youth rating
The French filmmaker shot his first documentary in Africa in 2012. Finalised in 2014, his second documentary WAITING FOR THE (T)RAIN was highly successful internationally with over 85 official festival invitations and 17 awards. IF YOU ARE A MAN is Panay's second feature-length film.
NOBODY DIES HERE, FR/BJ 2016, 23 min.
WAITING FOR THE (T)RAIN, FR/BF 2015, 25 min.
TONTINES, UNE AFFAIRE DE FEMME, FR/BF 2014, 52 min.
Nominated for the VIKTOR DOK.horizonte
The films in the DOK.horizonte series, supported by ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL with funds from the BMZ, tell stories from countries in transition. They compete for the award VIKTOR DOK.horizonte, which is endowed with 5,000 euros. The award donor is the Petra-Kelly-Foundation.