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Binta and the Great Idea (2004)
"Binta y la gran idea" (original title)

 -  Drama | Family | Short  -  25 October 2004 (USA)
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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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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 <>

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Great portrait of the "real" Africa!
27 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I honestly wasn't expecting too much out of this film. I watched it because I saw that it was made in Senegal, a wonderful country which I had the chance to visit 2 years ago. I simply wanted to relive my experiences and hoped I would see something that might remind me of my trip. I got so much more.

OK, so the acting isn't THAT great, its obviously low budget, and there is really nothing too fancy here. But WOW, what a message! I found that it really captured what I got out of my trip to Africa: yes, Africa lacks much by the standards of Western Society. But there is a lot we can learn from them as well. I would gladly give up all of my modern comforts to go live in that much more simple society.

The film also portrays the culture very well, and highlights the strategy of social progress via performance arts. This strategy is often used for advancement of human rights. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is going to West Africa.

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