Kayaye – we carry more than just a load, is edited like a piece of music in rhythms. With visual effects and aestetic elements the viewer is drawn into the film. Sometimes the rhythm stops and suddenly change direction.
The film is a sensory documentary which allow for an unconventional depiction of "Kayaye". "Kayaye" refers to mainly women from Northern Ghana, who travel south and often end up in the capital Accra, where they work as day laborers carrying things for people, bearing almost anything.
Kayaye is a phenomenon arising from poverty, unemployment and lack of education and possibilities, especially for women from northern Ghana.
But to work as a Kayaye can also sometimes be a way for young women with a strong will to stand on their own feet and earn money for themselves and their families. They detach themselves from their families’ powerful and sometimes constricting obligations, and thus have the opportunity to act on their own and become more independent. While these young people are not completely separated from their families, by being far from home they gain distance from the challenges and authoritarian power of the elders, which can create pressures in everyday life. This is seen for example in the case of young girls and women who do not want to marry a man chosen by the family, or those who wish to leave their husbands and meet freely with other youngsters of their own age. The women live risky lives in the capital Accra by working very hard and sleeping in the streets and they all dream of a way out.
The film aims to show social problems through a different lens the language is poetic, the images are aesthetic and the women are powerful.