Berlinale

Faro - Goddess of the Waters (Faro - La reine des eaux)

Synopsis
Zanga, a child born out of wedlock, is driven from his village. He returns after many years to find out who his father is. At the moment of his arrival, something happens that the villagers interpret as the river spirit Faro’s angry reaction to Zanga’s return.
The film uses this fateful moment in the history of a village to bring us closer to the changing rural regions of Africa: suddenly, oppressed people are making demands and the local authorities are under pressure. Tradition has to find compromises with modernity so that life can go on.


World premiere
Berlin International Film Festival 2007, Official Programme, Forum

Key festivals and awards
Berlin International Film Festival 2007
Winner of Bayard d’Or – Best First Feature Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur 2007
Festival Panafricain du Cinéma et de la Télévision de Ouagadougou (FESPACO) 2007
Toronto International Film Festival 2007
Contemporary World Cinema 2007
Jerusalem International Film Festival 2007
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2007
Santiago International Film Festival 2007
Vancouver Film Festival 2007
Chicago International Film Festival 2007
AFI – Los Angeles International Film Festival 2007
Jakarta Film Festival 2007
Festival du Film Francophone de Tübingen 2007
Dubai International Film Festival 2007
Festival del Cinema Africano, Asia e America Latina, Milano 2007
Göteborg Film Festival 2008

Mali 2007
Director: Salif Traoré
Producer: Sarama Films (Mali), P. A.V. Communication (France), Boréal Films (Canada), Bärbel Mauch Film (Germany)
German WCF partner: Bärbel Mauch Film
World sales: Wide Management (France)

Funded in the WCF jury session in October 2005
Funding amount: 60,000 €