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Shared world premiere at Doclisboa (International Competition) and DOK Leipzig 2021 (International Competition - Short Documentary and Animated Film)

Mariam comes from Fana, a town a few kilometres from the Malian capital of Bamako. While still a child, she is sexually assaulted again and again: by a family acquaintance at the age of five, by her cousin at the age of thirteen and by her brother-in-law at sixteen, an ordeal that lasts for two years. When she is forced into an arranged marriage, she decides to escape to Burkina Faso where she ends up sleeping on the streets of Ouagadougou. Her life turns when she meets a Ghanaian restaurant owner who hires her as a cleaner. In this restaurant, she meets Burkinabé artists and falls in love with dancing. Today, through dance, Mariam has found the resilience to deal with her traumas.

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.

Credits
Director
Aïssata Ouarma
Countries
Burkina Faso, South Africa
Year
2021