Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  13 minutes
Date:  2017
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English; French / English subtitles
Color/BW:  Color
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A Day with... Fousseyni [Mali]

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Eight African filmmakers each contribute a documentary portrait of the life of a different West African child.

A Day with... Fousseyni [Mali]

Ten-year-old Fousseyni's days are jam-packed. Like many of the children in his village in the Zone Office du Niger region of Mali, he divides his time between school, household chores, and working in the rice fields with his father. Despite the demands on his time, Fousseyni is at the top of his class — as long as the teacher will let him be.

A DAY WITH... is a series of eight short documentary portraits of African children, each made by a different African filmmaker. The children are between seven and twelve years old. They live in Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger. Each short film tells the story of an ordinary day-at school, at home-from a different child's point of view. Each day has its upbeats and offbeats, its routine and surprises. The collection offers an insight into different types of education and questions the influence of culture in the shaping of daily life.

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Main credits

Gakou, Boubacar (film director)
Treutlein, Gabrielle (film producer)
Planty, Claudine (film producer)
Diagné, Ahmadou (narrator)

Other credits

Image, Soumaila Sangare; montage, Sandra Ach.

Distributor credits

A film by Boubacar Gakou

Docuseek2 subjects

Burkina Faso
Youth Issues
African Studies

Distributor subjects

African Studies
Central Africa
High School Use
Native People
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Youth Issues


africa; children; omnibus; school; home; short film; "A Day with... Fousseyni"; Icarus Films

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