BARAKEDEN, The little house maids of Bamako

Written and directed by Adeline GONIN
Genre : Documentary film
57‘ / 2015 / France


  • Synopsis
    Oumou left her village when she was 14 to come to work as a maid in Bamako. Endless days, humiliation, pittance…
    Like hundreds of thousands of her fellows, she endures harsh life with hope for a better life. By night, these « little maids » gather to express their resentment. Helped by some activists, some of them begin to organize themselves so as to defend their rights. Meanwhile, Hawa is about to leave her village and come for the first time to the city…
  • Context
    Barakeden means « little house maids » in bambara, the national language of Mali. For urban Malians, this word sounds like an insult. At twelve or thirteen years old, many girls leave their village to serve families in the capital city. They often work more than 15 hours per day for a pittance (around 7,000 FCFA, being less than 8 euros per month). Abuses, unpaid wages, rape, these are how their employers and townspeople in general treat them.
  • Biofilmography
    Adeline Gonin, 36 years old
    After graduating in anthropology and sociology, Adeline Gonin got involved in the support of migrant workers housing (foyers). In 2009, she sets up a film festival, « le Festival de Cinéma des foyers » together with her non-profit organisation Attention Chantier (Caution, Work in progress). In 2011, after a first short film, she attends « Ateliers Varan » (Varan video workshop) where she makes Papa Ben, a portrait of a parisian rag-picker. Adeline Gonin runs several video training workshops in popular areas around Paris, prisons, migrant workers housing… and at the same time works on several documentary projects.


    National movie-screening tour of BARAKEDEN, les petites bonnes de Bamako, followed by public debate & National information campaign on the rights of domestic workers held in Mali on October / November / December 2016. For more info on the Domestic Workers Empowerment Tour, click here.


DISTINCTIONS

« Impact Doc Award 2017 » for Barakeden, Impact Docs Award, USA 2017
« For girls and with girls Award » for ADDAD Mali, London, UK 2016

TV BROADCAST
TV5 Monde Afrique / CIRTEF 2016
ORTM National Malian TV 2016
Canal France International / CFI 2015

FESTIVALS SELECTIONS 2017

Impact Docs Festival, San Francisco, USA 2017

FESTIVALS SELECTIONS 2016

16ème Frauen Welten Film Festival, Tübingen, Germany
Société des Africanistes, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France
Mois du doc 2016, Médiathèque de Bagnolet, cinéma Cin’Hoche, Bagnolet, France
6ème Festival international du cinéma numérique, Cotonou, Benin
7ème International Images Film Festival for Women, Harare, Mozambico
10ème Ethnocineca international Film Festival, Wien, Austria
CEPED fait son cinéma, Institut de Recherche et Développement, Paris, France
15ème Rencontre du cinéma européen, Vannes, France
21ème Afrika Film Festival, Leuven, Belgium
13ème Festival Bobines Sociales, Paris, France

FESTIVALS SELECTIONS 2015

2ème Festival du film documentaire de Saint-Louis, Africadoc, Senegal
5ème Festival des Nouveaux cinémas documentaires, Porto-Novo, Benin
12ème Verzio Human Rights Documentary Festival, Budapest, Hungary
23ème African Diaspora International Film Festival, New York, USA
2ème Rencontres Films Femmes Afrique, Dakar, Senegal
35ème Festival international du film, Amiens, France
9ème Terra di Tutti Film Festival, Bologna, Italia
15ème Festival Lumières d’Afrique, Besançon, France
10ème Festival des Cinémas d’Afrique, Lausanne, Swiss
3ème Maputo African Film Week, Maputo, Mozambico
11ème Festival Ciné Droit Libre, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
2ème Festival Après-Varan, ateliers Varan, Paris, France
19ème Festival Arrimage, Institut National de Géographie, Paris, France

TECHNICAL ELEMENTS

Duration : 56‘40
Shooting Format : HD 16/9 – color – Sound stereo
Screening Format : HD 16/9 – color – Stereo 2.0 / DCP – BluRay – HD – DVD
Languages : bambara & minianka
Subtitles : french & english
Visa n°140 645 (2015)

Script : Adeline Gonin
Music : Mû Mbana (Portugal / Guinea Bissao)
Cinematography : Adeline Gonin & Jonathan Duong
Sound : Jean-Marc Delaunay
Editing : Olivia Bernholc
Sound Mix : Xavier Thibault – Sonosapiens
Color corrections : Matthieu Augustin – Sonosapiens
Translation FRA / ENG : Grégoire Seither
Subtitles : Amalia Carrieri
Production & distribution : Julien Fiorentino

BARAKEDEN is referred in the catalogue of l’Agence du Court Métrage and Unifrance Films.

A documentary film written and directed by Adeline Gonin,
coproduced by L’Echangeur & Attention Chantier
with the support of SCAC Ambassade de France in Mali, Mairie de Paris,
Défi Jeunes and the KissKissBankBankers

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