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... Mara [Senegal]

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

A Day with... Mara [Senegal]

At age 12, Mara, a Senegalese schoolboy, has all the trappings of an adult life: He has a job, takes care of his brothers, works around the house, and helps his mother with the household bookkeeping. But when we find him in conversation with his best friend, "Little Kane", we realize he is still full of childhood dreams.

A DAY WITH... is a series of eight short documentary portraits of children living in West Africa, 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

Dieye, Ndèye Souna (film director)
Treutlein, Gabrielle (film producer)
Planty, Claudine (film producer)
Kebe, Souleymane (narrator)

Other credits

Image, Fabacary Assymby Coly; montage, Emma Augier.

Distributor credits

A film by Ndeye Souna Dieye

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... Mara"; Icarus Films

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