This film is a kind of journey of initiation, in which we find a world of African immigrants living with nostalgia for a world of family bonds and ancestral culture, as they experience the difficulties of integration into a foreign country, a world they consider full of contradictions and often cruel.

Switzerland 1997
Regie: Mohammed Soudani
63 min, 16 mm, Farbe, ital.-franz.-wolof. OF mit engl. UT


A small African village. The story focuses on Bila, a ten year old boy who befriends an old woman, Sana. Everybody calls her “Witch”, but Bila himself calls her “Yaaba” (grandmother). When Bilas cousin Nopoko gets sick, it is Sana’s medicine who rescues her.

Burkina Faso/F/CH 1989
Regie: Idrissa Ouedraogo
90 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT