The African part of the six documentary film series Girls around the World

Director: Monique Phoba  
Genre: Documentary
Duration: 30 min. / 45 min.
Production Year: 2000
Master Format: DigiBeta
Audio:  Stereo
Distributor in Scandinavia:
Kroma Productions Ltd.

“Anna from Benin” is an extraordinary portrait of an extraordinary 17-year-old. Anna is one of 31 children that her father has had with 5 wives. As the star of her family´s orchestra, The Tek Stars, she went to study in France on scholarship – a rare event in Central Africa, where most girls don´t get the opportunity to get an education. As a result the entire country´s hopes are pinned on her success. This beautiful documentary focuses on Anna´s struggles as an independent teenager with a domineering father in Central Africa and as an African teenager in France without the protection of her siblings and her five mothers. Original language French/Mina.

Script and direction: Monique Phoba
Camera: Valérie Le Gurun
Editing: Calle Overweg
Supervising Editor: Bettina Böhler
Sound Recording: Issa Traoré Senior
Sound Design: Epa Tamminen
Music: Anna Teko, Eric Teko
Producers: Gaëlle Guiny, Pascale Schmidt, Brenda Parkerson, Marikki Hakola
Commissioning Editors: Udo Bremer, Inge Classen, Eila Werning
Co – production: Kroma Productions Ltd. (Finland), Trafik Film (Germany), Lagunimages, O.R.T.B
In association with: ZDF/3sat, YLE TV1, Euroarts Entertainment, AVEK
Production: Karaba Productions 2000

Girls around the World

“Anna from Benin” is one of the six part documentary series GIRLS AROUND THE WORLD. It is a collection of extraordinary documentaries on seventeen-year-old girls across the globe. Each focuses on one girl – her hopes and dreams,world and worldview. Directed by local women filmmakers in Peru, Pakistan, Benin, China, Germany and Finland, a mosaic emerges that not only depicts the great diversity in the lives of these girls, but also embodies the perspectives of an international roster of contemporary female film makers. Production: Trafik Film (Germany), Kroma Productions (Finland), Karaba Productions (France) In association with: ZDF/3sat, YLE TV1, Euroarts Entertainment, AVEK.

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