AWAITING FOR MEN

Belgium 2007 | 56 Min. | DigiBeta, OmeU
Q&A with: Katy Léna Ndiaye

The red-walled clay city of Ouala­ta, on the far edge of the Mau­ri­tan­ian desert, pro­vides the atmos­pher­ic set­ting of Katy Léna Ndiaye’s stereo­type-shat­ter­ing por­trait of fem­i­nin­i­ty and sex­u­al­i­ty in the Sahara. Three inde­pen­dent women speak direct­ly to the camera about their expe­ri­ences as brides, wives, and divorcees, and about the often tricky rela­tion­ship between men and women in a soci­ety seem­ing­ly dom­i­nat­ed by tra­di­tion and mas­cu­line rule. “When they stop loving me, it’s time to go,” declares one. The women’s art -intri­cate designs etched onto the town’s walls and doors -lends a fur­ther flavor to this film’s fresh look at female empow­er­ment and expres­sion in one of Africa’s most remote, beau­ti­ful regions. AWAITING FOR MEN is her second doc­u­men­tary film.