2019, Sat, Jul 13

Si-Gueriki, la reine mère/Si-Gueriki, The Queen Mother | Besida

D: Idrissou Mora-Kpai, FR,BJ 2002, 62 min., Bariba and French OV with English subtitles | D: Chuko Esiri, NG 2018, 12 min., Urhobo OV with English subtitles

© Alexandra Kordes

© Alexandra Kordes

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...

Film still, besida | © Promo

Film still, besida | © Promo

Besida
D: Chuko Esiri, NG 2018, 12 min., Urhobo OV with English subtitles

In Nigeria, they say, “When the fish die, there’s only the city.” When Besida announces she’s heading to Lagos with the shady Tega, her brother is determined to stop her...