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Dieser Film ist nominiert für den Excellence in Visual Anthropology Award (EVA).
Simone Catharina Gaul | Burkina Faso, Deutschland 2015 | 64 Min. | OmeU
Bintou lebt in Burkina Faso und träumt von einer Karriere als Schneiderin in Europa. Mit diesem Ziel vor Augen verliert sie trotz prekärer Lebensumstände nicht die Hoffnung und spart jeden Cent für ihre Zukunft und die ihrer Tochter. Die Nähe zwischen Filmemacherin und Protagonistin ermöglicht das Porträt einer starken Frau, deren Hoffnung auf ein besseres Leben umso beeindruckender wird, je mehr sich das Geheimnis ihrer Vergangenheit lüftet.
Simone was born in 1984 in Stuttgart. She is a journalist and filmmaker. Simone studied Romance philology and Political Science in Stuttgart and Paris. After graduating she continued her studies at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg where she made several short movies and three long documentaries. Her films have been shown and awarded at national and international film festivals. Simone lives in Berlin.
You can‘t predict life, nor can you predict how a documentary finds its form. This film was meant to be completely different at the beginning. It was meant to be about the relationship between Africa and Europe. A relationship full of clichés and misleading information. In Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso I became acquainted with the young dressmaker Bintou. She spent a lot of time with white expats and dreamed of a career in Europe. Bintou and I became friends. We decided to make a movie together questioning the image we have of each other. The closer I got to Bintou the more I understood her family background. She is an orphan and was violated when she was 17. This crime was a big disgrace for the entire family and that prevented them from fighting for Bintou‘s rights in court. Bintou got pregnant. Christiane, her daughter, was raised at a children‘s home, so Bintou could complete her apprenticeship. Bintou managed to live her life between work, her dream of a career and taking care of her child on weekends. None of her white clients knew her family background. In everybody‘s view she was the sweet, young dressmaker, who was always happy, making cheap and lovely African clothes. But then while we were shooting the fi lm, she got a call from the children‘s home: Christiane could no longer stay there. Suddenly Bintou’s life was turned upside-down. Just like our movie...
Awards & Screenings (selection)
- DOCUDAYS UA, Kyiv, Ukraine, march 2014
- HOTDOCS, Toronto, Canada, april 2014
- DOCUDAYS UA travelling, different cities in Ukraine, october – december 2014
- MADURAI INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL, Madurai, India, december 2014
- BELOIT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Beloit, Wisconsin, USA, february 2015 / AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
- SGUARDI ALTROVE FILM FESTIVAL, Milano, Italy, march 2015
- VITTORIO VENETO KIDS AND TEENS FILM FESTIVAL, Vittorio Veneto, Italy, april 2015 / QUALITY JURY PRIZE “400 COLPI”
- INDY FILM FEST, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, july 2015
- Frauenpension, documentary, 60 min, D 2014, co-directed by Nora Fingscheidt, (in producion)
- Bintou, documentary, 64 min, D/BF 2014, production: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
- Flugzeuge im Kopf, documentary, 58:30 min, D/BF 2014, production: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg/ SWR, (in producion)
- Teilchenbeschleunigung (Particle Acceleration), experimental, 8 min, D 2012, production: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
- Rattengeschichten (Rat Stories), documentary, 60 min, D 2011, production: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg