If You Are a Man

  • Si tu es un homme
Genre : Drama
Type : Documentary
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2022
Format : Feature
Running time : 74 (in minutes)

A gold mine at Perko, Burkina Faso. Opio is thirteen years old and works on the surface, his only salary a sack of stones every month. His father wants him to get some professional training, but he cannot pay the tuition fees. Opio must come up with this money and asks his boss for a promotion: the right to go down into the subterranean mine shafts where, it is said, men can become rich.

"Opio sings and laughs to calm his fear as he goes down into the depths of the Perkoa gold mine in his homeland of Burkina Faso for the very first time. Patiently and diligently, the strong-willed youth tries to extract gold from a sack full of stone in order to realise his dream: Opio wants to go to school."

Auteur-Réalisateur :
Simon Panay
Image :
Simon Panay
Son :
Souleymane Drabo
Montage :
Thomas Marchand, Simon Panay
Compositeur :
Philippe Fivet
Mixage :
Boris Chapelle
Étalonnage :
Olivier Gracia
Montage son :
Boris Chapelle

Producteur :
Xavier Castano, Christie Molia, Arnaud Debuchy
Producteur délégué :
Loull Production
Coproducteur :
Acacia Films Productions, MSVP - Moteur S'il Vous Plaît
Diffuseur coprod. :
Canal+ International, RTBF - Radio Télévision Belge Francophone
Ayant-droit :
Loull Production

Film by Simon Panay selected for the Etats généraux du film documentaire de Lussas, 2022.


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  • 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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