A LOVE APART With an introduction by Cingi Ngemtu, Head of the Gender Desk, Bitou Municipality
Rhaissa is a 17 years old Tuareg girl who lives a nomadic life in the Air-mountains. She is about to marry, but it is an arranged marriage, where two families decide hereby to increase their social bonds. The film follows the ceremony of preparing and completing the marriage. A warm, intimate inside-look into Tuareg life,the story of a special wedding and Rhaissa’s last few days of girlhood.
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She looks shyly into the camera, then lowers her eyes again. Rhaissa laughs. Laughs at what her girlfriend Fatima says about the man who will become her husband in a matter of days. He is not particularly handsome, nor does he have an abundance of “ashek,” or pride. But Rhaissa will marry him anyway. The proposal was made, her parents accepted and so she is resigned to her fate. One final time she will shepherd the goats, sing from the heights of Nigeria’s Aïr Mountains and be a girl.
What will follow are long, calm days in her mother’s tent. The marriage ritual is governed by the unspoken rules of “Takaret,” which require that she neither speak nor leave the tent until her wedding night. We learn from people close to Rhaissa what she herself cannot say. The perspective of a young girl in her cultural context becomes the subject of this beautiful, warm film, which shows from a discreet angle a different sense of time, one with its own value system and view of love. A calm, poetic film that comes to life through the absence of explanatory words and ethnographical judgements.