Taafe fanga

Skirt Power
Die Herrschaft der Röcke
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Taafe fanga

"Taafé fanga" is the film version of a Mali folk tale. The well-known griot Sidiki Diabaté is our guide through the cliff rocks of Bandiagara and through the past of the Dogon people. When the Albarga, the mask of the local spirits and also symbol of power, falls into the hands of the young woman Yayémé, this causes chaos in Yanda. The women exchange their skirts for the trousers of the men. Is it a curse? A divine punishment? The women take over power, but will the new order be able to resist all its inherent contradictions? (Festival information, Rotterdam 1998)