KAYAYO, The Living Shopping Baskets

Director: Mari Bakke Riise
Producer: Jørgen Lorentzen

2016 | 30 min
Languages: Dagbani
Subtitles: English

Kayayo means “girl-carrier” in the Ga language. In the capital of Ghana, 10,000 girls from the ages of 6 work as real life shopping baskets – called Kayayo. This documentary is about Bamunu, an 8-year old girl who hasn’t seen her family since she was sent away from home two years ago to work as a Kayayo to support her family. We follow her incessant longing to get away from the harsh markets, her journey back home and what awaits there.

Best Short Documentary, SIMA 2017
Best Cinematography, SIMA 2017
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Best Documentary Short, Women’s Film Festival
Short Film Official Selection, Bucharest Film Festival
Chicago International Film Festival
Spotlight Documentary Film Award
Nevada Women’s International Film Festival

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