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The Carnival of Kwen

The Carnival of Kwen

A Short film by Fred Hilgemann

Produced by Ekla Production

Production year : 2009

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Production and distribution (3)

Executive Producer :

Ekla Production

Film exports/foreign sales :

Insomnia World Sales


Every two years, the farmers Gourounsi of Kwen, small village in Burkina Faso, organizes a harvest festival  which takes the strange form of a carnival. During three days and two nights, their world is transformed. Chosen by the elders, the most deserving young people, transformed into President of the Republic, Ministers of Justice, Security, and Agriculture, into King and Queen, invent a role play where they stage the power. This ceremony, which exists since the creation of the village in the forties, aims at facilitating the social integration by a celebration of the nourishing earth.


Photos (4)

Full credits (8)

Executive Producer :

Régis Ayache

Co-producer :

Pierre Watrin

Sound Recordist :

Pascal Bricard

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Screenwriters :

Marie-Anne Sorba, Jean-Marc Cazenave

Director of Photography :

Jean-Marc Cazenave

Editor :

Hélène Crouzillat

Sound Mixer :

Régis Saint-Estève

Technical details

Short film

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Sub-genre :

Comedy, Legend, Auteur documentary

Themes :

Politics, History, Ethnography

Production language :

French, African dialect

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Original French-language productions :


Nationality :

100% French (France)

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Runtime :

54 min 56 seconds

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