A documentary by Aïcha Macky | 90 min | 2021 | F, D, NE
Young unemployed people, about to go into exile due to their misery, join gangs whose violence is keeping the city of Zinder in Niger in suspense. Most of them are children of lepers who came to the world away from medical facilities, are not registered anywhere and therefore had no right to education. They were invisible all their lives until they rebelled. The locals call them the “palace boys”. They imitate the style of the North American ghetto bosses: fat chains on their necks, T-shirts with pictures of Hollywood stars, faded, turned-up jeans, duck walking ... They make a name for themselves through spectacular, sometimes tragic crimes and thus nurture a climate of Anxiety and psychosis in Zinder.
Screenplay: Aicha Macky
Director: Aicha Macky
Camera: Julien Bossé
Sound: Abdoulaye Adamou Mato
Editing: Karen Benainous
Producer F: Clara Vuillermoz
Producer NE: Ousmane Samassekou
World sales: Andana Films
In co-production with Les Films Du Balibari and Tabous Productions
Production funded by: Film- and Medienstiftung NRW, Creative Europe, CNC, Sundance Documentary Fund, HOT DOCS Blue Ice Fund, IDFA Bertha Fund, World Cinema Fund u.a.