The Dancing Forest

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Director: Brice Lainé | Countries of production: United Kingdom | Year: 2008 | Length: 76 min
Language: French with English subtitles | Age: 12+ years

The Dancing Forest is an award-winning documentary which looks at the fascinating women and men who took action when hunger and poverty threatened their life. It reveals a world of dignity and hope, self-reliance and empowerment.

When Séda Bawiena and Tiyéda Bawiena returned to their native village of Baga in Togo 25 years ago they found it devastated by exodus, poverty and a land that was becoming infertile. They founded the International Center for Agro-Pastoral Development (CIDAP) and along with a group of women from the village they used sustainable agriculture to diversify and grow harvests, and ultimately change lives.

“I hope that this example of bottom-up development gives many governments pause for thought and also causes international agencies to rethink the ways they bestow benevolence.”
Science magazine

“Essential watching for all those interested in international development, particularly in Africa.”
Cambridge Film Festival Daily

Reykjevik International Film Festival, Winner, Environmental Award
Vancouver International Film Festival, Nominated, Best Non-Fiction Feature Award

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