Barakeden means "little house maids" in bambara, the national language of Mali. For urban Malians, this word sounds like an insult. At twelve or thirteen years old, many girls leave their village to serve families in the capital city. They often work more than 15 hours per day for a pittance (around 7,000 FCFA, being less than 8 euros per month). Abuses, unpaid wages, rape, these are how their employers and townspeople in general treat them.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Adeline Gonin, 35 years old
After graduating in anthropology and sociology, Adeline Gonin got involved in the support of migrant workers housing (foyers). In 2009, she sets up a film festival, "le Festival de Cinéma des foyers" together with her non-profit organisation Attention Chantier (Caution, Work in progress). In 2011, after a first short film, she attends "Ateliers Varan" (Varan video workshop) where she makes Papa Ben, a portrait of a parisian rag-picker. Adeline Gonin runs several video training workshops in popular areas around Paris, prisons, migrant workers housing... and at the same time works on several documentary projects.