Today it has arrived in Paris ! Will it conquer Parisians?

Following various awards at the latest FESPACO Panafrican Film and TV Festival in Ouagadougou, in February 2017 the Intégration Africaine of the ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States), the Conseil de l’Entente of Félix Houphouët-Boigny and Paul Robson ), the film was a great success among the public at the Film Festival in Angoulême in July 2017. (See also a short video from TV5MONDE).

apolline traore prixThen in November 2017, « the film swept away the Prix du Public (Prize of the Public) at the World Cinema Festival in Amsterdam. In all, forty six films, documentaries, long and short movies were shown at this eight festival, open exclusively to films from Africa, Asia and South America.

Two prizes are awarded at this event : Prix du Public from dedicated movie spectators and the Prize of the Jury. FRONTIÉRES is a long film, featuring three women crossing Africa from Senegal in the west to Nigeria, passing through Mali, Burkina Faso and Bénin, having to face all kinds of hardships. (According to

Conquered by this movie the public at the Rialto cinema of Amsterdam - allegedly quite hard to seduce - burst into a clamorous ovation at the end of the film.

“It is a magnificent movie. It shows both the day-to-day struggle of African women as well as the hopes that they have for the future of their continent” exclaimed Maria Klein, a 24 year old moviegoer of Amsterdam.

this movie« FRONTIÈRES» continues to cross borders. It has now arrived in France : and is showing at Place Saint Michel and Île de France..

affiche frontièresAt the entrance of l’Espace Saint Michel we are handed a leaflet with a presentation of the film by the producer Apolline Traoré:

“ Adjara, Emma and Sali are going to Lagos, Nigeria on a bus passing by Bamako, Cotonou and Ouagadougou. Their trip is a crusade through a minefield of hazards, break down of buses, muggers at illegal road blocks, scenes of thefts among passengers. But the worst is crossing borders and having to face corruption, abuse of women and trafficking. In order to cope they have to stick together and take care of one another.” She says

“I decided to make this film not only to expose the struggle of the African woman but especially to show that things can change. »

appoline traoreI do not pretend to change the world with my film. But if it can trigger a debate I will have reached my goal.. Apolline Traoré, producer.

A quote from Simone Weil expresses it well:

“Two forces rule the universe, light and gravity”.

Hurry off and see this movie not to be missed. And also to make sure that it will be on for a long time in French cinemas.

Paris, May 22 2018
Maurice Oudet
Director SEDELAN

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