Bogo Ja

  • Bogo Ja
Genre : Social
Type : Documentary
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2020
Format : Mid-length
Running time : 52 (in minutes)

Bogo Ja" follows five women, Rokia, Sali, Aminata, Mariama and Djénébou for five months, in their daily life in the village of Siby in Mali. Why these women? Why this village? They are the living heritage of an ancestral tradition: the decoration of houses.

Every year, for a month, they become exceptional artists. Several hundred women participate in the Bogo Ja art and architecture competition for decorated houses by painting more than 400 houses.

But beyond the competition, what are their realities? Their dreams? What do all these works mean? Why are these paintings only done by women? Where did their inspiration come from? What do their families think? What is the impact on the community? Can we talk about art?

An exploration of these exceptional women and their know-how that has endured for millennia. The film "Bogo Ja" is an immersion journey with these five women.

Extraits "Bogo Ja" - De Soussaba Cissé, Banko Production from Bougou Saba on Vimeo.

Film by Soussaba Cissé selected for the Festival Vues d'Afrique 2021


  • 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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