Djeneba # 2

Djeneba - the lifeworld of a Minyanka woman of southern Mali

09:15, Saturday 15th June, CMB 3

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  • Director/Anthropologist: Bata Diallo
  • Year of Release: 2011
  • Duration: 59 mins
  • Country of Production: Norway
  • Location: Mali
  • Language: Mamaara/Bamanakan (Mali)


Djeneba is a mother of nine children living in Kadioloko, southern Mali. Since her husband left the family some years ago Djeneba and her children manage the family’s fields without him. Recently the eldest boy, Madou, was married to a girl he met in town. In this film we explore daily life in the compound as Djeneba assumes full responsibility for her family’s needs. Filmmaker, Bata Diallo, herself a Malian, engages Djenebas life-world in observational style and by way of intimate conversations. As well as the family we meet Nono, the old chief of Kadioloko.  He’s a good friend of Djeneba and a renowned local philosopher with a sharp sense of humour. Djeneba and her family are from the agriculturalist Minyaka ethnic group but we also get to know some of the Fulani pastoralists who share the village of Kadioloko.  “Djeneba” is a documentary about everyday life in rural Mali from a woman’s point of view.

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