Heart and home (Mariage et ménage)

By Fabintou Diop

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The local productions that are multiplying thanks to the digital revolution free expression that has been curbed for too long or the object of an external gaze. A society discovers itself in shattering taboos, thereby opening itself to bracing evolutions. It is the case of this film in which Senegalese women freely open their hearts concerning male-female relations. Director Moussa Touré is behind the camera, becoming increasingly involved in documentary productions of quality after directing international feature films, and the film is produced by Cheick Tidiane Ndiaye, at the forefront of a documentary production capable of finding its place on local televisions: a true synergy is at work. « I don’t see why we should suffer all our lives! » Men are pushing it, they’re despotic, says one woman, divorced from her two husbands. Women discuss the motivations for marriage, with an impressively open tone. « Men are complete selfish, big babies…women have changed; men haven’t. They’re all polygamous! » Religion, sexuality are also discussed. A puzzle is established which the film solves at the end, revealing the bonds linking the different women, a last surprise of a thrilling document that everybody ought to see.
Olivier Barlet

Translated by Sutarni Riesenmey
50 min, 2001, documentary, images: Moussa Touré, sound: Vieux Diouf, editing: Lahat Wone, prod. : Senvision S.A/Crocodile Films, format : beta SP/DVC Pro.
Heart and Home is a documentary where Senegalese women explore male-female relationships in their society.///Article N° : 6887

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