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AIM: L’arbre aux esprits (Tree of Spirits)
3 November 2011 – 10.30am -Part of the African in Motion 2011 Festival
Burkina Faso · Cilia Sawadogo ·Burkina Faso 2005 · 45m · Digibeta · French with English subtitles (subtitles will be narrated) · U · Animation
Venue: Filmhouse Cinema 1
FREE as part of National Schools Film Week, for Secondary Schools only – To book visit www.nationalschoolsfilmweek.org
Teachers – download a pre-screening workpack to use with your class before the screening.
This wondrous story takes place between the ancient world of spirits and the modern world of environmental issues in Africa. In the savannas, Kodou and Tano meet Ayoka, the guardian of a beautiful ancient tree threatened by a ruthless businessman who intends to cut it down. The children know that without the magical baobab tree, the passage to the surface is forever closed and the spirit of rain will never be able to reappear. Kodou, guided by Ayoka, goes on a quest to find his ancestors who will help save the tree, while Tano stays hidden in the branches of the tree to guard it. Kodou and Akoya discover that the baobab is the passage between two worlds – the spiritual world and the world of humans. The liminal area between those two worlds is where the future of the land will be decided.
The screening will be followed by a 45-minute workshop led by AiM’s School Events Coordinator. Free teachers’ packs will be available as a follow-through for schools.