Anissoroma, My Friends


a film by Christian von der Heyden, 52'"In 1978, I travelled for the first time in West Africa. More than a quarter of century later, I’m going back there, trying to find the people who had a strong influence on the young man I was back then..."

"Many things have changed. I meet Dade again, a wise man living in the Sahel desert. He's been blind for ten years, and welcomes me as a son. We talk about Chekene, one of his sons who left for Paris and whom he hasn't heard from for a long time. He asks me to find him…"

This film is a story of an African family, in two worlds: one in Africa with its traditions and hopes, the other one in Europe with its dreams and disappointments.


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Technical data :
duration 52 minutes
camera Christian von der Heyden
sound Christian von der Heyden
editing Daniel Coche
music Drahmane Koulibaly
translations Safiatou Traoré, Irène Arthur
coproduction dora films / Cagifragilis
grants Agence culturelle d'Alsace,
  Drac, Ministère de la Culture
festivals Ecrans du Réel Le Mans France 2007 / FIFAI La Réunion 2008/ Quintessence - Festival International du Film de Ouidah Bénin 2009 : price for best documentary film/ Fespaco 2009 out of competition