THE SIREN OF FASO FANI

LA SIRENE DE FASO FANI

By Michel K. ZONGO

CINEDOC FILMS - as PROD

Second film - Development 2013


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Berlinale - Berlin IFF 2015
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    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Second film, Documentary
    • Countries
    • BURKINA FASO
    • Languages
    • FRENCH
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 89 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Michel K. ZONGO
    • Producer(s)
    • Michel K. ZONGO (Diam Production), Christian LELONG (Cinédoc Films)
    • Synopsis
    • After it was shut down in 2001, the Faso Fani textile factory in Koudougou, Burkina Faso’s third-largest city, was left to rot. It probably figures in the World Bank and IMF archives as one more piece of collateral damage, yet another write-off in a West African sideshow. Michel Zongo, who grew up in Koudougou, reopens the case of this legendary factory. He visits relatives and former employees, including his uncle, who once owned a much admired modern cult object thanks to Faso Fani: one of the first refrigerators in town. Zongo digs through radio and TV archives and pieces together the factory’s proud history, which produced so much more than just textiles. As a true local, however, Zongo is not focussed on the demise of his hometown, but rather discovers women in its courtyards who have begun to weave again – and men conversing beneath the trees. His film is an homage to a specifically African form of resistance in the face of the madness of globalisation, a visually powerful document of a revolt by energetic women and eloquent men. Out of necessity and conviction, they work out their own contemporary ideology of progress – with ingenuity and charm and without the IMF.
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