Migrants of ther Dunes

Village Dogon dans la Falaise de Bandiagara
28 minutes / Colour / 2017
Directed by
Erica Pomerance

Country of production Mali

The dramatic sanding-over of arable land caused by climate change now threatens the very survival of many ancestral Dogon communities along the magestic Bandiagara Cliffs in Mali. The Dogon people originally emigrated to this geographically isolated region, fleeing Islamic persecution in the 13th century. But in recent decades, numerous families have been forced to abandon their ancestral villages and way of life in search of arable land on the Seno Plain bordering Burkina Faso. In the face of increasing inter-ethnic conflict and the threat of terrorism, many Dogon men who used to make a living from tourism and crafts are now leaving women and children behind in search of work. Those families who remain struggle to reclaim farmland and water reserves from the advancing dunes in order to continue to practice subsistence agriculture with crops of millet and onions. Homegrown solutions are provided by a local NGO whose knowledge of the culture, language and terrain are essential to insure collaboration from the population.

In the 2019 RAI Film Fest

Language and subtitles Dogoso, French

Location(s) depicted Dogon Country, Mali

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