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Francesco Sincich, born in Italy in 1951, is an anthropologist. After several field missions to the Middle East, namely in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iran, always working with nomadic pastoralists, he began to cooperate with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in 2003. For MSF he made many field missions as
anthropologist in eight African countries and he is still an active humanitarian operator for this organization. During a mission in Niger in 2009, he made his first film, “Halima et Absatou”, a short film still used in the MSF project of Dakoro, a small town in the middle of Niger. This film of 23 minutes wants to make awareness about the importance of the childbirth spacing among the mothers who attend the health centers supported by MSF. During the same mission he put the basis of the present documentary and he met the young women who would become its protagonists: Mooro with Jumaare, just recovered from severe malnutrition, and Mariama, who, at that time, was not a student yet.
In October 2010, in partnership with MSF and Veterinaries Without Borders (VSF) – Belgium and a little staff composed by the cinematographer and his assistant, it became possible to film the scenes which have been used to edit Banganŕ, the documentary submitted to this festival. The filming was possible first of all thank to the kindness and the agreement of the Wodaabe. They wanted this film because they strongly believe that it is important for them as people to show their traditions and their life outside their world, and the laamiido (chief) of the Kasawsawa lineage gave his car at our disposal for the filming. This allowed the staff to move freely in the bush even by night in complete safety.
Banganŕ was finished in March 2012, but before it, in 2011, the author made “Waynaabe”, a short film of 18 minutes to show the activity of Veterinaries Without Borders for the health of the Wodaabe’s herds in Niger. At present, VSF are screening “Waynaabe” in the secondary schools of Brussels.
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