Kings in the Republic of Ivory Coast

  • Ako Senzé - Les rois dans la République de Côte d'Ivoire
Genre : Social
Type : Documentary
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2008
Format : Mid-length
Running time : 56 (in minutes)

Ako senzé: the cock without feathers... This popular song says: just as the cock cannot fly because he is without feathers, the traditional chief "wants to achieve great things, but does not have the means to do so." We witness four important happenings taking place in the life of the Anyi-Ndenye in the South-East of Ivory Coast and of their kings and chiefs: the enthronement of King Boa Koassi III, the Feast of the New Yam in Niabley, the dance of the komyans (priestesses of the genii ruling over the invisible world) and the opening of a hereditary treasure including the famous "Akan weights", for weighing gold powder (the Anyi, like the Ashanti, belong to the great Akan group). We also hear men and women of Ivory Coast: government officials, planters, intellectuals and traditional chiefs. They discuss the role of kings and chiefs in the Republic and the future of traditional power.

France - 1999 - 56 mn - Betacam SP - Colour

Réalisation/Director: Marc Garanger

Auteur scientifique
Claude-Hélène Perrot
Image/Cinematography: Marc Garanger
Son/Sound: Marc Garanger
Montage/Editing: Marc Garanger

Production et Ventes/Production and Sales
Marc Garanger
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Fax : (33-1) 42 77 45 20
E-mail : marcgaranger(@)

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)


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