Hillside crowd (The)

Genre : Social
Type : Documentary
Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2009
Format : Feature

A makeshift gold mine on the remote Diosso hillside in Burkina Faso has attracted a swarm of gold-diggers and dynamite blasters, healers and dealers, vendors and prostitutes, children, holy men and barbers.
Living in the promiscuous closeness of a crowded and improvised gold
town, these men and women are recklessly determined to find the gold that will change their lives. The film explores their desperate quest for fortune and elusive happiness. The gold rush is relentless.

Dir: Berni Goldblatt
Year: 2009
Dur: 72min
Documentary Feature

Best documentary film at the Brooklyn International Film Festival (BIFF), United States 2009
Special Jury Award at the Festival International du Film Francophone of Namur (FIFF), Belgium 2009
Audience Award at the Festival International du Film Francophone of Namur (FIFF), Belgium 2009
Special Mention at the Black Movie Film Festival in Geneva, Switzerland 2010
Special Jury Mention at Tarifa African Cinema Festival, Spain 2010


Im Umkreis einer Goldmine auf dem Hügel von Diosso in Burkina Faso leben Tausende von Menschen in einer improvisierten Stadt: Goldwäscher, Händler, Sprengstoffbesitzer, Prostituierte, Kinder, Heiler, Friseure und Marabuts. Diese Frauen und Männer haben alles verlassen, mit dem Ziel, hier ein Vermögen zu machen. Trotz aller Gefahren und Enttäuschungen hält der Goldrausch an.


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Best of FIFF 2009



  • 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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