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Po Di Sangui, l'arbre aux âmes

A Feature film by Flora Gomes

Produced by Les Films sans Frontières

Release in France : 13/11/1996

    Synopsis

    In the village of Amanha Lundju, a tree is planted to celebrate each new birth. The trees grow with each child, growing higher and living longer, becoming the villager's soul. But day after day, trees are cut down for survival and wood has become a rarity. When Dou, the nomad, comes back from the savannah, his twin brother Hami has just died. What did Hami die of ? What illness is eating away at Amanha Lundju ? Dou must take the place of his deceased brother and live with Hami's wife and daughter. Sally, the young woman who was betrothed to Dou, is mad with grief and falls in love with the sun. When the forestry surveyors arrive from the city, the world loses its balance. Calacalado, the old witch-doctor, orders the village to move. They go as far as the desert on a journey of initiation. The birth of a child brings them back to the village to plant another tree...

    Actors (6)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Les Films sans Frontières

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Les Films sans Frontières

    Foreign production company :

    Sp films

    French distribution :

    Les Films sans Frontières

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    International releases (6)

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    Subject

    "Environmental protection is a crucial issue in developing countries. In Guinea-Bissau, a country without technology or industry, natural resources are an essential richness. The relationship between man and the natural world goes way beyond simple economics. Whatever the current religious beliefs, our identity is founded on animist myths and traditions. Man lives in the natural world just as nature lives within him. This interdependance cannot be broken without creating a major imbalance. "Po Di Sangui" shows human beings living a passionate relationship with Nature , at the risk of losing their own identity. It's the tragedy of a community expelled from its forest and thrown onto the roads of exile and the desert. The film aims to provide a message of hope, a call to resistance. Will we be able to stop the runaway destruction of our forests ?"

    (Flora Gomez)

    Full credits (6)

    Screenwriters :

    Flora Gomes, Anita Fernandez

    Sound Recordist :

    Pierre Bonnadieu

    Production Designers :

    Joseph Kpobly, Étienne Mery

    Director of Photography :

    Vincenzo Marano

    Editor :

    Christiane Lack

    Music Composer :

    Pablo Cueco

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Philosophical tale

    Coproducer countries :

    Guinea Bissau, Tunisia, Portugal

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Majority French (Guinea Bissau, Tunisia, Portugal)

    Production year :

    1996

    French release :

    13/11/1996

    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    87.426

    Visa issue date :

    14/10/1996

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Director

    Festival Selections (2)

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1996

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1996)

    Selection

    Cinema of Tomorrow

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1996

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1996)

    Selection

    Official Competition - Feature Films