Original Title: Le Dipri
Ivory Coast, 2009
color 26'   African Documentary
 
 

Dipri is a form of initiation practiced by the Abidji people. During a colourful trip that takes place every year, the population engage in a demonstration of religious mystic power fuelled by a collective trance, while great masters suffer injuries with a knife they claim cure instantly.
The director Roger M'Bala, one of the most important of his country, has decided to film the ancestral costumes of several tribes of Ivory Coast before they disappear completely. Being a member of this community he mingles with the crowd without being noticed, delivering the essence of the celebration.

Language: French

Director: Roger Gnoan M'Bala


Versions: Original version and with English subtitles

Availability: The World, except the African Continent

 
   
Roger Gnoan M'Bala was born in 1941 in Grand Bassam (Ivory Coast). he studied at the independent French cinema conservatory and in Sweden.
From 1968 to 1978 he worked as an assistant to a film director, then as a radio transmission director for the national radio and TV channel.

His short film called Amanie wins the silver tanit at the JCC of Carthage

He directed his first feature film in 1984, Ablakon, a sarcastic and highly active comedy. Fame come with the film, Au nom du Christ (1993) and he wins the youth prize at the Locarno film festival (Swiss) and the Étalon de Yennenga at the Fespaco (Burkina Faso).
Adangamman confirms his talent in 2000. The film depicts the relationship between European slavers in seek of human merchandise and West African kings who would sell them their prisoners. Such a bold theme, combined with his personal talent originated one of the master pieces of late 20th century African cinema.


Filmography


Amanie / Quelles sont les nouvelles? (1972), fiction (32'), 16mm, B&W
Le Chapeau (1974-75), fiction (70'), 16mm, color
Ablakon (1984-85), fiction (90'), 35mm, color
Bouka (1988), fiction (90'), 35mm, color
Au nom du Christ (1992), fiction (90'), 35mm, color
Adanggaman (2000), Fiction 95 mn, 35 mm, color
 
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