Theresa Traorer Dahlberg
Sweden, France, Burkina Faso, Qatar, 83 min
In Ouagadougou, a group of girls are studying to become mechanics at the education centre for women. Between sparkly pumps and nail polish, they juggle with wrenches and discuss batteries or bodywork sanding around the service pit. In the playground, they often seem to wait while daydreaming. What they are waiting for is the end of school, the graduation ceremony that will also be their transition to adulthood, their entrance into the world. It is nonetheless a world that they already know too well, many of them already having a dependent child. And what really touches us is this determination to support their family through their own income and therefore free themselves from a patriarchal model that still remains thick-skinned. “There is no job that a woman cannot do”, hurls Bintou at the boys who are curious about her choice. While the Burkinabe people call for political change, these young women, who are building a future that will be theirs alone, are spreading a message for the entire country.