AMANI17 min., Fiction, Canada, 2020
Directed byAlliah Fafin
Produced byLes Films de l'Autre | Alliah Fafin
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Cinémathèque québécoise — Montréal
In this tale, halfway between reality and fantasy, a mysterious narrator tells us the story of Amani, a young boy passionate about dance. Amani’s innocence and joie de vivre open the narrator’s eyes to the humanity he had never really cared about before. But as the night begins to rumble, Amani’s joie de vivre disappears to give way to his pain, which echoes in the silence of the plain.
Written and directed by Alliah Fafin
Cinematography : Renaud Masbeye
Editing : Alexandre Leblanc
Sound design : Marie-Pierre Grenier
Sound mix : Olivier Germain
No orginal Music : Dominique Fils-Aimé, Jacques G. Roy
Sound : Aimé Palyo
With : Ema-Yoh Mahamat Saleh (Amani) & Youssouf Djaoro (Narrator)
Alliah Fafin was born in Rwanda and raised in Burundi until the 1993 civil war. After studying directing in New-York, she directed music videos for Dominique Fils-Aimé (Révélation Radio-Canada 2019-2020), as well as promotional videos for artists such as Rafael Lozano Hemmer (Winner of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts). She left Quebec in 2016 for Chad, where she worked with UNICEF on the production of several videos illustrating the problems encountered by local populations, Nigerian refugees and Central African returnees. In 2018, she shot her first short film Amani in Chad, which was inspired by her experience in Burundi.
Amani, 2020, short film, 17 minutes