Portrait of a fascinating village matriarch in Benin | Sibling love and the call of the big city in Nigeria
Si-Gueriki, la reine mère/Si-Gueriki, The Queen Mother
D: Idrissou Mora-Kpai, FR,BJ 2002, 62 min., Bariba and French OV with English subtitles
After his father’s death, Idrissou Mora-Kpai returns from Europe to his childhood village in Benin. The film contrasts the harsh village patriarchy of the Wassangari ethnic group with his mother’s intriguing personality. At the time, she seemed rather foreign and insignificant to him as one of his father’s many wives, in the meantime she had been crowned Queen Mother...