Director: Aicha Macky | Countries of production: France, Germany, Niger | Year: 2021 | Length: 82 min
Language: Hausa with English subtitles | Age: 15+ years
Genres: Documentary | | Regions: Africa, Niger

Screening as part of TOAFF21

Nigerien filmmaker and activist Aicha Macky, born in Zinder, returns to her hometown to tell the story of neglected youth, masculinity and the legacies of white supremacy.

In her hometown of Zinder, Niger’s second-largest city, director Aïcha Macky films the streets of Kara Kara. Within a country whose resources are plundered by foreign firms, this infamous district is ruled by poverty and violent gangs, and everyone dreams of a way out – be it terrorism or emigration. Macky turns her unflinching gaze on disillusioned young men caught in this vicious cycle of hopelessness and radicalisation and those who, against the odds, try to build a future for themselves and their families.

Content notes: Accounts of violent assault, testimonies of transphobia and references to gender-based and sexual violence (incl. rape and forced prostitution); images of a violent execution can be glimpsed.

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“A vividly observed chronicle of tough, unforgiving streets” – Variety