Njel, the Separation
World premiere: DOK Leipzig 2021, Kids DOK
Eleven-year-old Manuela, intelligent and enthusiastic on the outside, yet sad at home, is preparing for her first graduation. She lives in Edéa, Cameroon with her grandparents who do not understand why their granddaughter is dissatisfied as she lacks almost nothing. Manuela's parents abandoned her when she was only four years old to prepare for a better future for their daughter abroad, a decision the young Manuela could not understand or accept. Today, she shows us how to live with the absence, to question her parents and to maintain in contact despite the distance.
This film is part of Generation Africa, a collection of 25 short, medium and feature length documentary films from 16 countries in Africa, which aim to shine a light on the future of youth in Africa through the topic of migration. Produced by STEPS in South Africa, a non profit media house based in Cape Town, that produces and distributes documentary films on issues of social justice.