Burkina Faso/2015/90mins/French with English subtitles/TBC
The Siren of Faso Fani explores the disastrous consequences of global economic policies that are blind to local realities. The shutdown of the once-famous cotton factory in Burkina Faso in 2001 put hundreds out of work, plunged thousands into poverty and left an entire city reeling in Koudougou. A decade after this economic and social disaster, Zongo return to a city that is now a shadow of its former self, and to the silent factory that was so central to his childhood. But most of all he comes to see the workers. Stripped of their livelihood and of their pride, they remain convinced that reviving the cotton industry can offer a viable future for the whole community.
Pontio Arts Centre: 1st October from 1730 followed by Q&A with representatives from the sustainability lab, Bangor University. Book Tickets!!