Documentary, 37 min, 2010
Directors: Anne van Campenhout and Elsbeth Fraanje
Many feel that Africa and dancing combine well. After seeing this film you may need to reconsider.
In the Beninese society professional dancers are almost regarded as outlaws. Prejudices, gender ideas, critical family members make it difficult to follow your heart when you're a dancer. For Franklin, dancing is ongoing battle prove himself to his father, who was also a dancer. For Sophiatou, who is illiterate, it is the best way to express herself. But the passion that drives them is also the core of their problems.
An authentic and colorful portrait about a fight for recognition.
Jury verdict InShadow Festival Portugal: "The film Dedans, besides the rhythm and the quality, shows us what is beyond dance, the dancer’s struggle against discrimination and the role that is given to dance in the promotion of the emancipation of women."
Selection of screenings:
TV5 Monde, October 2012 en April 2013 (worldwide)
HollandDoc24 – Makers van Morgen, January 2013
Netherlands Filmfestival, Utrecht, NL, September 2010
Go Short Int. Short Film Festival, Nijmegen, NL, March 2011 - Best of HKU
Africa in Motion, Edinburgh, UK, November 2011
InShadow Festival, Lisabon, PT, December 2011 - Best Documentary Award
Addis Filmfestival, Addis Abba, ETHIOPIA, May 2012
Beeld voor Beeld, Amsterdam, NL, May 2012
Festival Art et Politique, Poitiers, FR, March 2014