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.


Festivals (Selection)

Visions Du Réel, International Competition


DOK.fest Munich

Afrika Filmfest Cologne: Audience Award


Docs against Gravity

Reykjavík International Film Festival

Make Dox

and many more