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The Fruitless Tree (U.S. Premiere)

  • Maysles Cinema 343 Lenox Avenue New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

Aïcha Elhadj Macky, 2016, 52 min
As a married but childless woman, Aicha finds herself in a situation that is totally “out of the ordinary” in her country, Niger, where women are expected to have children. But just like everywhere else in the world today, Niger also experiences problems with infertility. Based on her personal story, Aicha Macky explores the private suffering of women in her situation with great sensitivity. Speaking openly as a childless woman among mothers, she breaks a taboo in Nigerien society.


Preceded by
In My Father’s Village (New York Premiere)
Tapiwa Kapuya, Tawanda Gunda, 2016, 22 min
Rhuveneko, nineteen, goes back to her family’s village to claim her inheritance when the village holds a meeting to distribute land. Her father, Chief Matsika, died during Zimbabwe’s brutal liberation war in the 1970s. Now Ruvheneko’s uncle is Chief. As his greedy and corrupt nature is exposed at the village meeting, Rhuveneko learns of her father’s true nature.

Followed by Q&A with Aïcha Elhadj Macky.

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