Transhumance (the herder's path)

In the Sahel region in West Africa, nomadic or transhumance shepherds cross every year entire regions with their herds of cattle and sheep. It’s part of the culture of the nomadic fulani people. Unfortunately, conflicts related to cross-border transhumance are more and more frequent : herders being chased from their land and even worse. A crisis is unfolding in silence and the way of life of the nomadic fulani risks to disappear.

"Transhumance" follows two families of transhumant herders with different destinies. While the young sheperd Abderrahmane Diallo successfully manages his cattle without too much problems, another herder named Amadou Tall gets violently chased of his settlement in Côte d'Ivoire with his family and his flock. Like him, 4000 fulani people were chased from their villages. From the refugee camp where he has found shelter, he reflects on the tragic fate reserved to the transhumant Fulani herders.

"Transhumance" is a revealing documentary that offers an unprecedented and intimate look at the lives and difficulties of the nomadic fulani people.

  • Gideon Vink
    Une révolution Africaine, les dix jours qui ont fait chuter Blaise Compaoré
  • Mashoud Barry
  • Abdoulaye Diallo
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Transhumance (le sentier du berger)
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Current affairs, society
  • Runtime:
    52 hours
  • Completion Date:
    December 10, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Burkina Faso
  • Country of Filming:
    Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital (Full HD 1080i50)
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Ciné Droit Libre
    Burkina Faso
    December 17, 2016
    African premier
Distribution Information
  • Association Semfilms
    Country: Burkina Faso
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Gideon Vink, Mashoud Barry

Gideon Vink has a Master's degree in Audiovisual Arts (television / documentary ). After working for Dutch and Flemish public television, he moved to Burkina Faso, where he has lived since 2002 and works as a documentary filmmaker and human rights activist. Gideon Vink was one of the founding members of the Semfilms association that promotes human rights through cinema in West Africa and currently holds the post of artistic director. In this role, he coordinates the various current film productions

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