THE FRUITLESS TREE
Aicha Macky | Niger, France 2016 | 52 Min. | OmeU
As a married but childless woman, Aicha finds herself in a situation that is totally “out of the ordinary” in her country, Niger, where women are expected to have children. But just like everywhere else in the world today, Niger also experiences problems with infertility. Based on her personal story, Aicha Macki explores the private suffering of women in her situation with great sensitivity. Speaking openly as a childless woman among mothers, she breaks a taboo in Nigerien society.
Aicha Macky was born in 1982 in Zinder, Republic of Niger, Macky holds a master’s degree in Documentary Filmmaking from Gaston Berger University (Sénégal). She worked as an assistant for many features and documentaries. In 2011, she directed « Moi et ma maigreur » a short film about inhabitants of Niger and their thin body perception. In her graduation film « Savoir faire le lit », in 2013, she explores taboos around sexuality education and mother/ daughter relationship. « The Fruitless Tree » is her first feature documentary.
- 2016: International Film Festival of Jean Rouch - Paris (France) - First Movie Award & Fleury Doc Award
- 2016: AMAA - Africa Movie Academy Awards - Lagos (Nigeria) - Best documentary
- 2016: FESTICAB - Bujumbura (Burundi) - Best documentary
- 2016: Golden Tree International Documentary Film Festival - Frankfurt a. M. - Best medium length documentary