52nd edition

Njangaan

Fortnight 1975, Feature film, 1h30

Synopsis

NJANGAAN is the name given to children attending the « Dara » ou « Koteb » (Coranic school). In making this film, I am fighting against certain religious practices which enslave the people.
The marabouts constitute a a social class of considerable political, economical and social influence in the African muslim countries. But attacking maraboutism is not attacking Islam to me : this must be clearly understood.
By their privileged position, the marabouts have allowed the introduction and support of imperialism and neo imperialism. Using religion, they strengthened their social position, dimissing the common good and the interest of the people, for the most part muslim.
The Coranic school is considered like good training ; that’s why a fanatic father decides to send his child the the Dara for him to become a Soldier of God. The marabout exploit the families in the name of religion, the children are not educated, but become professional beggars and are, in fact, used as unpaid workforce.
In the film, my purpose is to reveal that the influence of religion is so strong that even the present institutions do not dare to stand against it. My purpose is also to show how religion is used to exploit those people. As a result, this generation seeking awareness is sacrified.
Mahama JOHNSON TRAORÉ

Casting

  • Abou Camara
  • Bassirou Kane
  • Fatim Diagne
  • Mame N’Diaye
  • Mody Gueye

Team

Screenplay
Chérif Adrame Seck

Image
Baïdy Sow

Production

Production : SOCIÉTÉ NATIONALE DE CINÉMATOGRAPHIE / SUNU FILMS (Dakar)