Garderie Nocturne (Night Nursery) 2021
Moumouni Sanou / Burkina Faso, France, Germany / 67 mins / Dioula / Rating 15 / UK premiere
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In the district town of Bobo-Dioulasso, near Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou, sex workers entrust their children to Ms Coda, an elderly woman who has been taking care of countless such charges for decades while their mothers take to the streets at night to work. Over the years, filmmaker Moumouni Sanou has gained the trust of everyone involved in this unique set-up, as well as an insight into the lives of Odile and Farida, both of whom rely on Ms Coda’s services.
He tenderly observes all aspects of their situation, including domestic work, downtime and the most intimate moments of motherhood, as well as their relationship to Ms Coda and how she raises their children. Female experience is at the heart of the film and ranges from amusing to deeply harrowing. Sanou’s careful, respectful gaze makes this film a true testimony to the virtues of horizontal filmmaking, with its heightened sense of attention and sensitivity to the protagonists felt throughout.