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AIM: Notre étrangère (The Place in Between) – UK Premiere
3 November 2011 – 8:30pm – Part of the Africa in Motion 2011 Festival
Burkina Faso · Sarah Bouyain · France/Burkina Faso 2010 · 1h22m · Digibeta · Dioula and French with English subtitles · 15 · Fiction
Venue: Filmhouse Cinema 2
Watch on Ethical TV: Video 1
After the death of her father, Amy, a young mixed-raced woman, leaves Paris to go to Bobo in Burkina Faso to find her mother, from whom she was separated at the age of eight. When Amy gets there, she discovers only her aunt living in the compound of her childhood. Amy finds the rediscovery of one part of her identity comforting but also stifling. She encounters a city in which she no longer has a point of reference. Unbeknownst to Amy, her mother Miriam has been living for several years as an elusive shadow at the margins of society in France. Miriam meets Ester, the manager of a company in Paris where she is the office cleaner. Ester wants to learn Dioula, Miriam’s mother tongue, and gradually these two lonely women learn to appreciate each other.
The Place in Between is an award-winning feature from French/Burkinabe director Sarah Bouyain, poignantly grappling with issues such as belonging, identity and the relationship between a mother and a daughter.
This screening is kindly sponsored by the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh.