ZINDER, THE SEEDS OF VIOLENCE
Director(s): Aicha MACKY – Writer(s): Aicha MACKY Contact Print page
Aicha Macky returns to her hometown Zinder, the second largest city in Niger, to understand the phenomenon of gang violence. She reveals the survival strategies of a neglected youth, to whom she gives a voice and a face.
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Niger is one of the largest countries in West Africa; two-thirds of its territory lies in the Sahara Desert. The city of Zinder, the setting of the film, was the first capital established by French colonists of Niger in 1898… Officially called Zinder, its inhabitants still refer to it as ‘Damagaram’ , an allusion to the Sultanate of the same name which founded the original city, and to the rejection of colonization. This mindset is reflected in the behaviour of a large part of the population which disapproves of all things Western. And a majority of the young men are unemployed…
Out of work, out of hope, and most of them, sadly, candidates for exile, these young people are filling the ranks of the "gangs", spreading violence in Zinder, Niger, the hometown of the director of this film.
For her new documentary project, Aicha Macky (previous film "The Fruitless Tree") combines her training as a sociologist and her passion and experience in cinema, to explore these seeds of violence which are being sown throughout her country and the African continent.