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50.000 young boys in Senegal are trapped in a system of modern-day slavery. A poetic exploration demanding reform of Islamic learning traditions.

The important tradition of Islamic education in Senegal has been left to develop in disturbingly perverted ways. 50.000 koranic students (Talibes), young boys between 4 and 15 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 Maison de la Gare' (MDG) 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 the children.

Film Credits

Directors: Daniela Kon

Producers: Daniela Kon

Photography: Daniela Kon

Editing: Kimberley Hassett

Sound: Daniela Kon

Production Company: Deeda Productions


UK Classification: None

Subtitles: Yes

Voiceover: No

Length: 57 min

Colour: Yes


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Talibe – The Least Favored Children of Senegal Screening:

  • Wed30May

    at Portobello PopUP Cinema

    30 May 2012 7:00 pm

    There is also a Panel Discussion
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