Amka Films Productions SA
a documentary film by Mohammed Soudani
Switzerland/Italy 1998, Digi Beta, 90', o.v. French


51. Locarno International Film Festival, 1998

13. Festival international du film francophone, Namur 1998

42. London Film Festival, 1998

15. Festival international de Ciné de Mar del Plata, 1999

Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage, 2000



A film resembling a journey in which meeting follows meeting. From the land of the Pharaohs to the ebony nations beyond, the “storytellers” hide. Why bother to tell stories? “It is absolutely necessary,” one will tell you. Another will say “I don’t know how to do anything other than make films”. “The journey is long and full of dangers, with many obstacles” states a cinema celebrity. Other statements: “I want to develop by doing other things” – “I couldn’t care less about the public” – “Many Westerners want us to produce the images they like to see” – “It should be understood that the cinema is an industry” – “I have never understood why I fight to make a film” – “Useless festivals that glorify the exotic and pay no attention to those who want to exist and just be themselves” – “A difficult struggle, but interesting” – “Conflict between generations is inevitable. We have to exist… through storytelling”. Today Africa has to fight back. One of its weapons is its culture, its identity.


Director: Mohammed Soudani

Screenplay: Mohammed Soudani, Fabrice Michel, Boris Missirkov, Georgi Bogdanov

Cinematography: Mohammed Soudani

Editing: Giorgio Garini

Sound: Paolo Logli

Music: Fabrica Musica


Production: Amka Films Productions, Fabrica, RSI-Swiss Television


International sales: Fabrica, Amka Films Productions

Swiss distribution: Amka Films Productions