Nana Benz, the Queens of the African textile

  • Nanas Benz, Les Reines du textile africain
Genre : Historical
Type : Documentary
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2014
Format : Short
Running time : 26 (in minutes)

In the 1930's, women of Togo trade in wax printed cloth called Avo (imported from Dutch companies based in their former Asian colonies, especially Indonesia). In the mid-50's they called themselves NANAS BENZ. Nana Benz, because they could afford to buy a Mercedes-Benz. Now they get old or dead and with a new generation.

A film by Joel M'Maka TCHEDRE

Togo, 2014, Documentary / 26 minutes

Production : Films du Siècle (Les)
with the support of Fonds francophone de production audiovisuelle du Sud (OIF / CIRTEF)


  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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