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Suffering is a School of Wisdom

Ariane Astrid Atodji
France, Congo, Cameroon, 2014

French, Fon, Gen
French, English


Depuis son arrivée au Cameroun il y a quarante ans, le père de la réalisatrice n'a plus jamais remis les pieds dans son pays natal, le Bénin. Qu’est-ce qui l’aurait poussé à partir sans laisser de traces, à abandonner sa famille et cette enfant qu’il a eue au Bénin exactement l’année de son « exil » et dont il n’a plus jamais eu de nouvelles ?

Festival du film documentaire de Saint-Louis du Sénégal

Tënk's film review

Cameroonian filmmaker Ariane Astrid Atodji is doing more than simply going in search of her roots here. Her second film (her first film " Koundi and the National Thursday" is still available to view in our Highlights collection) is a true rite-of-passage voyage, introducing us to the in-depth secrets and rituals lying at the heart of family life in Benin, but also the heavy burden of exile, whether the reasons for leaving are explained or not, sudden or wanted. With the help of her “fairy godmother” aunt, she guides us with delicate reserve towards a possible adoptive land.


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Ariane Astrid Atodji

Astrid Ariane Atodji est née en 1980 au Cameroun. Après une Licence en arts du théatre à l'Université de Yaoundé, Astrid Atodji a participé à des ateliers au Goethe Institut Kamerun et a fait l'école de cinéma LN International à Yaoundé. Elle a obtenu le Prix Spécial du Jury au Festival International de Dubaï pour son documentaire "Koundi et le Jeudi National" réalisé en 2010.

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