Controversial Dox


Aicha Macky
Screening time  
08.04. / Friday, 21:00 - 23:00 Theatre 2 Ticket

Kara-Kara, the pariahs’ district of Zinder, a town in the Sahel region of Niger, is a former home to lepers brought here from all over the country in the 1970s. Nowadays, lacking opportunities for education and work, local youth started joining gangs referred to as the "Palais". Obsessed by a culture of bodybuilding and violence, the gang members induce fear in the population. However, some of them strive to pull themselves out of the rut they find themselves in. This is the case for Siniya, Bawo and Ramsess, whom the director, originally from Zinder, has succeeded in filming up close to reveal to us their survival strategies. Will they be able to break free from the cycle of violence which has built their identities?


Aicha Macky

Born in Zinder, Niger, in 1982, Aicha Macky is a filmmaker and social change activist. She trained as a sociologist, but then turned to documentaries. She completed a Documentary Cinema Master's degree at University Gaston Berger, Saint-Louis, Senegal. In 2016, she completed the worldwide multi-awards-winning film L’Arbre sans fruit (The Fruitless Tree), which addresses the delicate question of infertility. In 2017, she founded her own production company, Tabous production, based in Niamey.

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France, Germany, Niger
2021, 82'

Directed by:
Aicha Macky

Screenplay by:
Aicha Macky

Julien Bossé

Edited by:
Karen Benainous

Dominique Peter

Clara Vuillermoz, Ousmane Samassekou, Erik Winker

Produced by:
Tabous production, Point du Jour-Les flms du balibari, Corso Film

Festivals & Awards:

Visions du réel (2021)
CPH:DOX (2021)
DOK.fest Munich (2021)
Durban IFF (2021)
MakeDox (2021)
IDFA (2021)
Reykjavík IFF: A Different Tomorrow Award (2021)
FIFAM: Prix documentaire sur grand écran (2021)
Nancy IFF: Special Mention (2021)
DocsMX (2021)
Kassel Dokfest (2021)


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