Silences de Lydie (Les)

Genre : Biography
Type : Documentary
Original title : Permis d'exister [working Title]
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2017
Format : Mid-length
Running time : 52 (in minutes)

For 17-year-old girl Lydie, from an early age, running away and getting by are everyday experiences. One day she befriends a girl who is deaf and mute. While in her company, she will learn to survive in the streets and even goes as far as to simulate being deaf and mute in a host family for 9 months.
Under the compassionate observation of the filmmaker, the film recounts Lydie's quest for an identity, through the conflicting relationships with her mother, her absences and her attempts to return to normal.

The story of Lydie, as a silent reflection of her mother's story, is the story of forgiveness and redemption at the heart of all human relationships.

A film by Aïssata OUARMA

Burkina Faso / France, 2017, Documentary, 52 mins

Scenario and direction | Scénario et réalisation: Aissata OUARMA
Image: Sibiri Sayouba SAWADOGO
Sound: Hallassane SANFO
Editing: Stephane ILBOUDO and Guillaume FAVREAU

Mara films, France
Les Films Essentiels, Burkina-Faso

with the participation of CNC and COSIP

Distribution: Mara films


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  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
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  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
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  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
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  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
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  • Africiné
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