Eliane De Latour
France, 79 min
In Abidjan, the “Go” live in “fresh girl ghettos”, outside the territories of professional prostitution. Aged from 10 to 24 years, illiterate, mainly Muslim, they have fled the militarised zones in the north of Côte d’Ivoire and domestic violence in order to sell their bodies at rock-bottom market price (€ 1.50 per trick). An anthropologist who has long worked with documentary and fictional images on the relegated living in closed worlds, Eliane de Latour first met these young women when photographing them during a field study. Three years later, she dedicated the funds collected from this initial work to them and filmed those who are trying to leave the ghetto and band together in the “Casa des Go”. In doing so, the filmmaker throws light on these pariahs from the shadows and pays homage to their movements, silences, and injuries. And, above all, to their tenacity. For Little Go Girls is never miserabilism. This ample and delicate gesture of shared anthropology espouses a battle: that of the women who refuse the social stigma that their condition carries in the collective imagination.
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