Man who wanted to move a montain (The)

  • Homme qui voulait déplacer la montagne (L')
Genre : Social
Type : Documentary
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Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv, History/society, Heritage
Year of production : 2013
Format : Mid-length
Running time : 52 (in minutes)

A huge, gaping hole pierces the centre of Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso. Deep down, a swarming human anthill offers a unique spectacle in today's world. Two thousand people crushing the hardest of stones: granite. Men extracting big blocks from the rock with their bare hands. Women, the elderly and children crushing them to pebbles. Toddlers picking up the flints and reduce them to sand. Everything is sold, even the dust.
Yet, this cauldron bubbles with a gaiety that negates any complaint; a place where laughter counters tears. In this dazzling place of solidarity and humanity, an individual's story of titanic ambition unfolds with an uncertain outcome.


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  • 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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