Subjects: Women's Studies, African Studies, Women's Health
A French urologist has created a clitoris restoration surgery. Circumcised women are struggling to benefit of it. In Burkina Faso and France, women have decided to undergo surgery. They testify to their struggle to become "entirely" women. Actresses embody women who chose to testify anonymously. A dialogue is established. The word is free. Will the restoration of the clitoris become a universally recognized right?
Coup de coeur du Public, Festival Lumières d’Afrique de Besançon, 2014
Festival Résistances de Foix
Festival International de Lasalle
Film Africa Festival de Londres
Escales documentaires de La Rochelle
Festival International du Film d'Amiens
Rencontres Sobatè de Ouagadougou
Festival Cinema & Medicine of Warsaw
About the filmmaker
Born to a Griot family in June, 1961, in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, Dani Kouyaté was early on involved with performance theatre. He entered the Ouagadougou African Institute of Cinematic Studies where he graduated in Cinematic Creation. He then pursued his studies in Paris where he obtained a Masters of Cultural and Social Coordination at Sorbonne University. He also graduated from the International Anthropology School of Paris and has received a Diploma of Extended Studies in Cinema. After living in France for several years, he has been living in Sweden since 2007. He frequently works in theatre as a theatrical director as well as an actor. He has directed several short films: Bilakoro in 1989, Tobbère kosam (Poussière de lait) in 1991 and Les Larmes sacrées du crocodile in 1993. Dani Kouyaté is most comfortable with legends. This was true of his first full-length film, Keïta ! L’héritage du griot (Keïta! The Heritage of the Griot) in 1995. It was the opportunity to retrace the legend of Soundjata Keïta, founder of the Mandinka Empire. In 1999 he worked for Burkina Faso Television, directing several episodes of a series, À nous la vie. In 2001, he decided to bring to the screen the legend of Wagadu (a 7th century Soninké myth): Sia, le rêve du python was inspired by the play by Mauritanian writer Moussa Diagana and stars Malian actress and singer-songwriter, Fatoumata Diawara. Dani Kouyaté’s other films include Ouaga Saga (2004), Joseph Ki-Zerbo – Identités/Identité pour l’Afrique (2005), Souvenirs encombrants d’une femme de ménage (2008) and Soleils (2012). His first Swedish film While We Live was released in 2015. It deals with identity issues in the globalized world. Dani Kouyaté teaches at Uppsala University in the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology and at Uppsala Wiks Folkhögskola in the department of Theater.
Between 1987 and 1997 Philippe Baqué wrote for journals such as Le Monde diplomatique, Politis, Nouveau Politis, Témoignage chrétien, Campagne solidaire, Faim développement magazine, Maintenant and Cahiers de l'Iremam. From 1992 to 2003 he also worked on investigations for audio-visual documentaries. In 1999 he published the book Un nouvel or noir, ou le pillage des objets d'art en Afrique (A new black gold, or the looting of art in Africa). He has since written investigative reporting articles on this subject. In 2003 he was a contributing journalist for Le Monde Diplomatique.