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Night Nursery, FESPACO grand prize winner, is 2022 iREP’s closing film

TEN days to its formal opening on Thursday March 17, the directorate of the iRepresent Inetrnational Documentary Film Festival, iREP, has announced GARDERIE NOCTURNE (Night Nursery), the film that won the Best Documentary film grand prize at the 2021 Pan African Film Festival, FESPACO in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso, as the festival’s closing film.

Dotting on its conceptual framework of ‘Africa in Self-Conversation,’ iREP 2022 isexploring the theme UNFLITERED: African Stories. Stories from Africa, which according to the organisers, is to examine “how Africa is being represented or otherwise by filmmakers and storytellers who engage her issues.”

Holding March 17-20 at various venues in Lagos and virtually, the 2022 iREP Festival, which marks its 12th edition, the festival organisers said the multiple award-winning film will be screened on Sunday February 20, as “the last of the over 70 films featuring in the festival.

Night Nursery, which drew popular appeal after it was announced at the winner of the FESPACO 2021 Stallion of Gold of Yennenga Prize, is a fascinating story of the lives and activities at a popular ‘social’ centre in Bobo Dioulasso, one of Burkina Faso’s major cities.

Synopsis of ‘Night Nursery’: In the county town of Bobo-Dioulasso, near Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou, sex workers leave their offspring in the care of Ms. Coda, an elderly lady who has been caring for children whose mothers earn their living on the streets at night for decades. Filmmaker Moumouni Sanou has managed over the years to gain the trust of everyone involved and gain a deep insight into the lives of Odile and Farida, both of whom depend on Ms. Coda’s services. He observes tenderly and very closely all aspects of her life, housework, free time, intimate moments of motherhood, including her relationship with Mrs. Coda and how she raises her children. The film focuses on the experiences of women. Men and fathers are absent, except in the times amusing, sometimes deeply shocking stories that Farida and Odile tell about their work. Sanou’s reserved, respectful look makes clear the advantages of horizontal filmmaking, which is characterized by the greatest possible attention and sensitivity towards the protagonists.

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The 67 minutes flick, produced by Berni Goldblat, Juror member of  African Movie Award Academy (AMAA), it is co-produced by Les Films Du Djabadjah (Burkina Faso), Vrai Vrai Films(France), and Blinker Filmproduktion (Germany), had also won Best Film Award Astra Film Festival Romania 2021’ Best Documentary Award Mashariki Film Festival Rwanda 2021; Honourable Award at Panorama Internacional Coisa De Cinema Brazil 2021. It was a major feature at the 2021 Berlin International Film Festival; and in January began its European tour, starting Germany.  Further details available at:;  Facebook and Twitter:@DjabadjahFilms.

About the Filmmaker:  Born in 1987 in Burkina Faso, Moumouni Sanou studied film and works as an editor, cinematographer and director. “Garderie nocturne” is his first feature-length film. He also studied for six months at the PEFTI International film School in Lagos, Nigeria.

About IREP:  iREP is organised by the Foundation for the Promotion of Documentary Film in Africa, and is in collaboration with the San Diego, US-based African World Documentary Film Festival, AWDFF, with partnership support from German Films, AgDok, Goethe Institut Lagos, among other local and international organisations.


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