The Coalmines of Tana
by Ahmed JEMAI
France | 2018 | 59 min
In a district of the city centre of the capital of Madagascar, one of the three poorest countries in the world, women members of a community originating from a village in the highlands live in extreme conditions. For almost twenty years, these women have been selling charcoal on a piece of pavement that is their only place to live. On this open space, these women live and work under the permanent threat of eviction by the municipal authorities. Accused of dirtying the neighbourhood and victims of numerous forms of discrimination, "the charcoal makers of Tana" fulfil a real social and economic mission on a daily basis: to enable families and small restaurants in the Malagasy capital to prepare meals using charcoal.
In the presence of the director