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Film Review: Fissures

From the producer of the film Dieynaba Ngom

BY Agnes Amondi

Nov 16, 2022, 08:59 AM

Early marriage, divorce and prostitution is the story of Sadya, Nadya and Ken, the three characters of the film Fissures

Sadya the youngest of the three is forced to run away from home on the eve of her arranged marriage. Nadya is a divorced woman and because of it, she is disrespected by society while Ken is a victim of circumstances. She grew up in an environment where prostitution was highly practised and ended up doing the same.

After Sadya ran away, she hides behind a burka to protect herself from the world. She doesn’t have anywhere to go but she meets Nadya who, after much persistence, takes her home with her.

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The cast of the film Fissures. From left Nadya, Sadya and Ken
Ken is not amused and is suspicious of her. Eventually, her frustrations lead to a physical attack during which she pushes Sadya to a wall and she collapses. It sends her (Ken) into a panic but leads Sadya to reveal herself. Removing the burka symbolises freedom. 

After years of living under a tyrannical father and customs that suppressed her, she finally speaks up about her traumatic childhood to Ken and Nadya whom she now considers her allies. 

This film was made by Senegalese female actress, filmmaker, scriptwriter and movie director Ngom Dieynaba. Her intention is to “shed light on issues like divorce and discrimination.”

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“Despite all the talk about women’s rights, we hardly talk about the challenges that divorced women experience."
The cover image for the film Fissures
Fissures will be screened at the International Images Film Festival for Women. It has been to other festivals like Festival images et vies 2021 (Senegal) and Ecrans de Tombouctou compétition officielle Avril 2022. Ngom tells us why it has been successful and what she thinks about going to the IIFF. 

“They feel concerned about what I’m saying. Today, Africans forget about their own stories in favour of others but I want to talk to my African people and this is what this story is.

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“It is the most beautiful selection even though I’ve been involved in other festivals before. Being in female film festivals is huge and I love it. I’m looking forward to people seeing what we are doing in the continent and what they are doing on the other side. 

"We have to tell our own stories which is a good step toward getting women to work out there. It’s the only way for us to get together and work together. “

What's the message your film is sharing?

“We need to have more solidarity because there’s a lot of women’s discrimination. People give good things to children because the way you treat them when young is how they are going to pick up when they grow up.