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Bamunu (8) works as a carrier at the marked in Accra, thousands of miles from home, and every day she dreams about coming back to her family again.    

In the capital of Ghana, 10 000 girls from the age of 6 work as real-life shopping carts - called Kayayo. This documentary is about Bamunu, an 8-year old girl who hasn’t seen her family since she was sent away from home two years ago to work as a Kayayo to support her family. We follow her incessant longing to get away from the harsh markets, her journey back home and what awaits there.   

Kayayo means “girl-carrier” in the Ga language. In the capital of Ghana, 10 000 girls from the age of 6 work as real-life shopping carts carrying around large trays on their heads for women in the markets. The girls earn very little money and the massive weight of the trays often become such a strain on their tiny necks that they result in physical injuries.    

The girls, who come from poor families in northern Ghana, are sent south and far away from their homes to financially support their families and help pay for schooling for their brothers.    

Years can go by without any contact with their relatives while they are forced to live in the very dangerous and toxic slums of the Ghanaian capital. They are not allowed to return to their families before they have made enough money, but with limited to non-existent math skills the girls rarely know how much they’ve earned. More times than not their handlers stuff their own pockets from the girl’s earnings and as a result, many of them end up in prostitution to make ends meet.   

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2016
Production country:
Norway
Release date (national):
2016-11-20
Production company:
Integral Film AS
Producer:
Jørgen Lorentzen
Sales agent:
DR Sales

Director

  • Mari Bakke Riise

    Documentary director Mari Bakke Riise has for over the last 13 years directed a numerous documentaries and documentary series. Riise’s focus and passion are tied to the many untold stories that surround us, to lift the stories, give new insight and touch people’s hearts through her documentary films. Her last documentary “Kayayo – the living shopping baskets” won 17 international first prize awards and was shortlisted for an Oscar at the 90th academy award.    

    Mari Bakke Riise

Awards

2016:
Bucharest ShortCut Cinefest
Best Documentary Short
2016:
Chicago International Children's Film Festival
Adult Jury Prize - 2nd Prize Documentary Short Film
2016:
Around International Film Festival
Best Short Documentary Film
2016:
London Golden Scout International Film Festival
Best Documentary Short
2016:
Spotlight Gold Award
2017:
SIMA - Social Impact Media Awards for Best Short Documentary
SIMA - Social Impact Media Awards for Best Cinematography
2017:
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Best Documentary Short
2017:
Royal Film Festival
Young Players Award
2017:
Nevada Women's Film Festival
Best Documentary Short
2017:
NYC Independent Film Festival
Best Short Documentary Film
2017:
Palm Springs International ShortFest
Audience Award: Best Documentary
2017:
Festival Internacional de Cine para Niños (...y no tan Niños)
Best Documentary
2017:
Zimbabwe International Film Festival
Best African Documentary
2017:
Scandinavian International Film Festival Helsinki
Best Short Documentary Film
2017:
Oregon Film Awards - Platinum Award Documentary Short Competition
2017:
Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People
European Children’s Film Association (ECFA) DOC Award
Special Mention from the Kids and Docs Jury
2018:
Flickerfest International Short Film Festival
Special Mention
2018:
DocEdge International Documentary Film Festival
Special Mention
2018:
Greenwich International Film Festival
Best Documentary Short

Festivals

2016:
Bucharest ShortCut Cinefest
2016:
Chicago International Children's Film Festival
2016:
Around International Film Festival
2016:
London Golden Scout International Film Festival
2017:
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
2017:
Providence Children's Film Festival
2017:
Mecal International Short Film Festival of Barcelona
2017:
Royal Film Festival
2017:
Nevada Women's Film Festival
2017:
Eurodok - European Documentary Film Festival
2017:
Input Festival
2017:
Kristiansand International Children and Youth Film Festival
2017:
DOK.fest - München International Documentary Film Festival
2017:
NYC Independent Film Festival
2017:
Nordic/Docs
2017:
TIFF Junior - Tromsø International Children's Film Festival
2017:
Palm Springs International ShortFest
2017:
Festival Internacional de Cine para Niños (...y no tan Niños)
2017:
Rhode Island International Film Festival
2017:
Zimbabwe International Film Festival
2017:
Scandinavian International Film Festival Helsinki
2017:
International Exile Film Festival
2017:
Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People
2018:
Flickerfest International Short Film Festival
2018:
Scandinavian Film Festival Los Angeles
2018:
Portland International Film Festival
2018:
CPH:DOX
2018:
The Norwegian Documentary Film Festival
2018:
CineDoc Tiblisi
2018:
DocEdge International Documentary Film Festival
2018:
Greenwich International Film Festival
2018:
Tel Aviv International Children and Youth Film Festival
2019:
Astra Film Junior

Crew

Director:
Mari Bakke Riise
Screenplay:
Mari Bakke Riise
Cinematographer:
Christopher Fornebo
Editor:
Marianne Winger Minde
Composer:
Filip Eidsvåg
Sound Design:
Frode Løes Hvatum

Technical information

Format:
Prores file
Screen ratio:
16:9
Colour:
Colour
Sound format:
Stereo 5.1
Length in min's:
32'
Language:
Dagbani
Subtitles:
English

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