WOMEN OF WAALO / ANIMATION (in process)
Short animated film based on an old Senegalese true story from 1820. 'Woman of Waalo' is a story about self-determination.
'Women of Waalo' is a history of resistance. The Queen and Princesses of Waalo were acclaimed as strong leaders, governors and judges and called Linguères. In 1820, on the verge of being kidnapped during a massive, surprise attack by Arabian slave traders, the women of Waalo chose to remain masters of their own fate and committed suicide collectively, by self-immolation. This supreme act has become a national symbol of self-determination and it still speaks emphatically to the imagination of Senegalese people today.
The old baobab tree, ‘Guy Galla’ (beautiful lady) witnessed the original horror and functions as a powerful bridge between past and present in the film; a storyteller and a silent source of collective knowledge.
Production: Crossroads Docs
Scenario: Fiona van Heemstra
Art work: Machteld Aardse
Animation: Hanneke van der Linden
Research & idea: Aida Grovestins
Sound: Assane Thiam & Julien Grossmann
PRESENTATIONS / SCREENINGS
Dropstuff, Public Space, Eindhoven, Amersfoort, Hilversum - http://dropstuff.nl/project/de-baobabboom/
NBF at Lab 111 Amsterdam
Webster University Leiden
The Bookstore Project, Amsterdam
Studio Aardse, Amsterdam
Drawings made on location in Waalo (the Norhtern part of Senegal) and animated for the film, will be used to visualize the historical tale of the Princesses of Waalo.
Analogue and digital means are used to create the animations.
Twitter: QLP / WomenofWaalo@WomenofWaalo