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Kayayo (2016) Documentary

In the capital of Ghana, 10,000 girls from the ages of 6 work as real life shopping baskets – called Kayayo, carrying heavy loads on their head (from 130 to 220 pounds), earning very little and some end up in prostitution to make ends meet. 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.

Crew

Production Company Integral Film AS
Featuring Bamunu Abdul Somed
Producer Jørgen Lorentzen
Director Mari Bakke Riise
Original Idea & Manuscript Mari Bakke Riise
Cinematographers Christopher Fornebo, Karine Fosser
Editors Marianne Winger Minde, Ane Helsa
Composer Filip Eidsvåg
Musicians Filip Eidsvåg, Aleksander Eidsvåg
Sound Designer Frode Løas Hvatum
Online & Color Correction Anders Hoft
Poster Arnhild Jordet
DCP DVnor, Adrian Nilsen
Consultant Viken Film Center Sirin Eide
Co-producer Aftenposten, Jonas Brenna
Festival Distribution Toril Simonsen
World Sales DR SALES Kim Christiansen
Publicists Joshua Jason, Alvar Carretero
Outreach Producer Nefise Özkal Lorentzen
Integral Film AS

Funded by
The Norwegian Film Institute
Documentary Film Consultant Kristine Ann Skaret
Senior Production Advisor Ola Hunnes
Viken Film Center Tone Johnsen, Kalle Løchen
Norwegian Audio Visual Fund
Bergesen Foundation
Kaja og Bårds fond for gode formål
Aftenposten TV Espen Egil Hansen, Jonas Brenna
Integral Film AS

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Festivals

2017
Dokfest München
INPUT Film Festival Netherlands

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival – 
Best Short Documentary
SIMA Awards – 
Best Short Documentary & Best Cinematography
Chicago International Children Film Festival – 2nd Prize Best Short Documentary
Nevada Women’s Film Festival – Best Documentary Short Film
Festival Internacional de Cine para Ninos – Best Documentary
Zimbabwe International Film Festival – Best African Documentary
Eurodok – 
2nd Place Audience Award
Palm Springs International Shortfest – 
Audience Award, Best Documentary
NYC Independent Film Festival – Best Short Documentary
22nd Festival de Cine para Ninos Mexico – 
Best Short Documentary
Bucharest Shortcut Cinefest
 – October Runner Up: Best Film

2016
Bucharest ShortCut Cinefest – Best Documentary Short Film
Chicago International Children’s Film Festival – Adult Jury Prize and 2nd Prize Documentary Short Film
London Golden Scout International Film Festival – Best Documentary Short Film
Spotlight Documentary Film Awards – 
Spotlight Gold Award

Awards

2017
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival – 
Best Short Documentary
SIMA Awards – Best Short Documentary & Best Cinematography
Chicago International Children Film Festival – 2nd Prize Best Short Documentary
Nevada Women’s Film Festival – Best Documentary Short Film
Festival Internacional de Cine para Ninos – Best Documentary
Zimbabwe International Film Festival – Best African Documentary
Eurodok – 
2nd Place Audience Award
Palm Springs International Shortfest – 
Audience Award, Best Documentary
NYC Independent Film Festival – Best Short Documentary
22nd Festival de Cine para Ninos Mexico – 
Best Short Documentary
Bucharest Shortcut Cinefest
 – October Runner Up: Best Film

2016
Bucharest ShortCut Cinefest – Best Documentary Short Film
Chicago International Children’s Film Festival: Adult Jury Prize and 2nd Prize Documentary Short Film
London Golden Scout International Film Festival – Best Documentary Short Film
Spotlight Documentary Film Awards – 
Spotlight Gold Award

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