Rite, the Lunatic and I (The)

  • Rite, la Folle et Moi (Le)
© Courtesy Lussas 2012
Genre : Social
Type : Documentary
Original title : Akpéma [Working title]
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2012
Format : Feature
Running time : 86 (in minutes)

Akpéma is a ritual, in the Kabyé region (North of Togo), during which elderly women take care of the teenagers to give them an education teaching them how to become a dignified and mature woman. According to me, Akpéma is like a wheel going round. Since I was a child, I was told that the great-grandmother of my great-grandmother did it. I went through this ritual in 1995 and today, Aïcha my little sister is about to do it. Following my sister going through her own initiation is the opportunity, for me, to evaluate the changes made in this ceremony…

Dir. Gentille Menguizani Assih

2012 - France/Senegal - Colour - 86'

Photography : Michel K. Zongo
Sound : Moumouni "Jupiter" Sodré
Editing : Joëlle Janssen
Production : Ardèche Images Productions, Karoninka
Distribution : Ardèche Images Productions (aiprod@wanadoo.fr, +33 (0)4 75 94 26 16)



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Le rite, la folle et moi , de Gentille M. Assih



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