CinemArt // THE SIREN OF FASO FANI // Tue, 28th May 7 PM
For this month CinemArt we are happy to present to you the documentary “The Siren of Faso Fani” by Michel K. Zongo (2014). This documentary is about Koudougou , who was the textile capital of Burkina Faso for many years. Faso Fani (which means “Fabric of the Nation” – a colourful sheet of cotton textile widely worn in West Africa) was a famous textile plant that brought the city employment, prosperity and vitality. Its employees were always the first in line for luxury goods such as motorbikes and refrigerators, and the company was Burkina Faso’s national pride and joy in the wake of independence. Faso Fani was the nation’s project and a strong signal of its independence. The factory was a gamble that soon proved its worth: the pagnes produced were of a very high quality and their reputation spread far beyond the borders of Brukina.
Director Michel K. Zongo grew up in Koudougou, and he remembers hearing the factory whistles heralding the day – all the boys dreamed of working at Faso Fani one day. Everything changed when the country fell into recession – independence hadn’t provided enough of an economic foundation. In exchange for helping Burkina Faso with its debts, the IMF demanded the privatization of all state-owned enterprises, including Faso Fani. Zongo shows us the empty and impoverished city that Koudougou became when the factory had to close in 2001. “They broke the future as soon as they closed the factory,” according to former employees, who sadly watch archive footage. The well-oiled machines at Faso Fani may have gone, but Zongo films men and women weaving in the open air on squeaky looms. They carry on the tradition and work to develop their community, hoping for a revival of Koudougou’s heyday.
Documentary by Michel K. Zongo - 89min
WHEN? Tue, 28th May 2019, at 7 PM
WHERE? Goethe-Zentrum Rooftop Terrace
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