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Amchilini
Allamine Kader Kora
Chad, France, Ivory Coast
2023
69 min
Dutch Premiere
Best of Fests
Synopsis

Boutelfil is a village in Chad at the edge of the desert where drought is causing the ground to fracture. A group of male authority figures and religious leaders gather together in the village hall. They talk about what a disastrous year it has been, with too little rain, failed crops, and livestock going without food. They decide that this calamity was caused by debauched single women. Someone proposes reintroducing Amchilini.

Amchilini is an Islamic custom requiring unmarried women to publicly choose a husband from a selection of candidates. The dowry is modest, but refusal is punishable by a fine. This archaic tradition has been in disuse for 30 years, but no one in the hall objects to reintroducing it.

When Allamine Kader Kora goes deeper into the village with his camera, however, and speaks to young women in the privacy of their homes, we discover their concerns about gender equality and autonomy. One young mother explains that marriage and motherhood stand in the way of her personal development. Others scornfully dismiss Amchilini, which is presented to them as a privilege, as just another misogynist fantasy.

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Credits
69 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Arabic
Director
    Allamine Kader Kora
    Allamine Kader Kora
Production
    Moussa Tidjani Ousman for Toumai Productions Films
    Moussa Tidjani Ousman for Toumai Productions Films
Co-production
    Baptiste Brunner for Y.N Productions - La Cuisine aux Images
    Baptiste Brunner for Y.N Productions - La Cuisine aux Images
Cinematography
    Hèlène Poté,
    Aliou Thiam
    Hèlène Poté,
    Aliou Thiam
Editing
    Cécile Boutain
    Cécile Boutain
Sound
    Christian Laotol Djedouboum
    Christian Laotol Djedouboum
World Sales
    Toumai Productions Films
    Toumai Productions Films
Screening copy
    Toumai Productions Films
    Toumai Productions Films

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