Talibe—The Least Favored Children of Senegal
(59 minutes) Senegal
Director/Producer: Daniela Kon
The important tradition of Islamic education in Senegal has been left to develop in disturbingly perverted ways. Fifty thousand Koranic students called Talibes, young boys between four and fifteen-years-old, are subjected to exploitation in conditions akin to slavery. They are forced to beg on the streets by their Koranic schoolteachers and suffer severe physical abuse and neglect. Following the staff of local grassroots NGO La Masion de la Gare during their daily efforts to find solutions for the terrible conditions the boys are subjected to, the documentary sets out on a poetic exploration of the nature and circumstances that breed and prolong the suffering of these children.
Daniela Kon is an independent documentary filmmaker with expertise in global development and humanitarian relief. Her work focuses on stories of social impact across cultural lines. Born in Frankfurt, Germany she has worked with humanitarian organizations across the globe while creating award-winning films about aid and human rights issues. She is currently working the United Nations’ 1 Billion Hungry Campaign while her films continue to screen in educational and cultural institutions worldwide.
Web site: www.deedaproductions.com