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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.


Javier Fesser


Javier Fesser
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins. See more awards »


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


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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A treat: in praise of simplicity and fraternity
10 February 2007 | by chinafree3See all my reviews

What a great treat to watch on Saturday upon waking from a night full of dreams! Thank you, Fesser, for your humanity and childlike warmth. Thank you for showing the so-called developing world in all its true glory, carefully hidden from the mass media, where we are only made to feel sorry for the poor people in Africa. And yes, there are terrible maladies, social and political in many African countries, but there are as well good places to live in a sustainable way, in opposition to our arrogant perception that takes for granted everyone wants to drive a car, and travel and see the world, and accumulate a fortune only to be ridden by fear and create even more unnecessary layers around ourselves as individuals and as societies.

It strikes me this short was finished in 2004, before it became a trend for Hollywood stars and the like to adopt Senegal children. But I laughed out loud when I finally listened to the great idea, since it seems a total slap in the face of some do-good no-good well known names that have been the focus of a heated discussion here in London.

Oscar for you! so you can go on spreading good vibes.

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25 October 2004 (USA) See more »

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