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Binta and the Great Idea (2004)

Binta y la gran idea (original title)
Binta, a little girl from Senegal, tells us about the everyday life in her village, the importance of education for the girls, and about her father's great idea to make the world a better place.




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Credited cast:
Zeynabou Diallo ...
Agnile Sambou ...
Binta's father
Aminata Sane ...


Binta is a tiny child in a village in Senegal's Bignona Prefecture. Her school teaches peace, tolerance, friendship, and fraternity. Two stories intertwine: Binta's older cousin Soda's father will not let Soda go to school; and Binta's father gets a grand idea when he learns that Westerners (tubabs) have so many fish they no longer need to work together and have guns to protect their wealth. He dictates his idea to Binta and then carries the paper to the lieutenant governor of the prefecture, then to successive higher officials. Meanwhile, the school children act out Soda's plight, staging it for her parents and the village. And what is Binta's father's grand idea? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Family | Short






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25 October 2004 (USA)  »

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15 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I recently caught this gem at the Delray Beach Film Festival. I didn't know anything about it. It wasn't really promoted in any way. Luckily, it was part of a block of shorts I attended. Simply put, I was BLOWN AWAY by it. It was easily the best film I saw all week(including my own.) It takes place in an African village and the director captured the inner beauty of these simple, wonderful people in a way that is nothing short of magical. The music was top notch and complimented the fantastic imagery perfectly.

I have seen many films, but few surpass this one. It's story transcends all barriers of race and celebrates the basic human goodness in all of us. Put this one on your must see list. You will not be disappointed.

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