Shot in Niger, “Banganà” shows the life of the Wodaabe nomadic herders through the eyes of two young women: Mooro, the mother of Jumaare, and Mariama, her teenager cousin. Mooro takes her daughter to the CRENI, the center for malnourished children managed by Doctors Without Borders, where Jumaare had been admitted one year before, to be sure that she is healthy. Mariama, after she accompanied Mooro to the hospital, goes to the worso, the annual gathering of her clan, to participate to the dances. She introduces us to the different moments of the gathering, until the last dance, an impressive ruume in the night.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Francesco Sincich, born in Italy in 1951, is an anthropologist. After several field missions to the Middle East, namely in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iran, always working with nomadic pastoralists, he began to cooperate with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in 2003. For MSF he made many field missions as anthropologist in eight African countries and he is still an active humanitarian operator for this organization.During a mission in Niger in 2009, he made his first film, “Halima et Absatou”, a short film still used in the MSF project of Dakoro, a small town in the middle of Niger. During the same mission he put the basis of the present documentary and he met the young women who would become its protagonists: Mooro with Jumaare, just recovered from severe malnutrition, and Mariama, who, at that time, was not a student yet.