Africa, that huge drop of strange land which clings from Europe, resembles in many ways to the path that only railroads take showing us the back shop of factories and cities. Here you see the planet from behind the scene. In the African situation, imposed by the rich northern countries, you find condensed all capitalism´s faults and the world order´s true nature is reflected in this disaster.
Vindicating that the only real point of view belongs to the oppress, we filmed the characters of this documentary for a whole year.
When talking about Africa´s deficit development, it is taken for granted that it has to follow the same evolutionary process we went through in the West, and as such we have been trying for many years to impose on Africans a pattern that is not working for them .The free market economy the rich countries forced on them so to open the poor countries markets to their products, is but just another form of colonization. When Europe found itself devastated after the Second World War, the sole real possibility it had to recover was to close its borders, its markets so to promote its own traders, its own industry ,its own handicrafts. The same happened in some of the Asian countries during the 80´s. Africa is denied the possibility to protect its market, its farmers, its handicrafts. This allows for the looting of a Continent that paradoxically is immensely rich in raw materials, in youth, in creativity... not to speak of the five centuries of slavery that emptied the Continent of its men and women, usually young ones.
Why civilizations commit throughout the history of mankind always the same mistakes ?Why History has to repeat itself again and again ?Perhaps Western history is only its own, and is not due to be replicated elsewhere. We might have to start thinking on alternative models of development not based on wealth, individualism and the internal logic of capitalist development that does not see progress without exploitation.
In Africa there is the idea of creating wealth, but above all there is the idea of distribution of wealth. To this must be added the control of the tyranny of time, the channeling of passions through rituals, a different relationship between the individual and the community, and a peaceful action on the environment. The values spanning the African Continent could serve to solve their problems by diving in their own cultural heritage,
and to redefine the liberal concept of globalization by opening possibilities for a fairer and more human World for the benefit of the North and the South of our Planet.
With a mise en scène built up from reality, we film during a year the characters of this documentary to try to obtain the most faithful portrait. We so decided to live in Mali in order to understand the reality of this part of the Continent and then film it.