Fiction / Senegal
Ousseynou (40) is husband of Fatou and father of Alioune. They all live in a village where fish-ing is the only economic activity that allows the men of the villages to feed their families. Nafi is Ousseynou’s sister-in-law and neighbor. Nafi’s late father was a baker in the village a long time ago; his traditional bakery was forcibly closed for hidden reasons.
Because of the presence of the powerful Chi-nese and Western industrial boats which prac-tice illegal fishing, Ousseynou can no longer make a living from his fishing profession. He is forced to quit his job.
In his village where bread is a luxury, Ousseynou turns into a reseller of unsold, stale and moldy bread called “ fagadaga “ to provide for his family. However, the opening of the traditional bakery of his sister-in-law Nafi (30), sounds like an affront to him and gradually threatens his business.
Documentary / République Centrafricaine
After years of civil war, my country, the Cen-tral African Republic, one of the poorest in the world, is rising from the ashes. Construction is flourishing in the capital Bangui. As in other Af-rican countries, skilled migrants from China are at the heart of this modernization. Through the parallel and crossed stories of Chinese immi-grants and Central Africans, Eat Bitter captures the journey of two communities, cultures and men who are diametrically opposed. But they learn to work together with the same goal in mind: to build a bank, a symbol of power and money. Our characters don’t hesitate to strip the earth and destroy their family lives for a seat at the table of prosperity. Indeed, behind this so-called progress and new openness is a less glowing reality. Workers sacrifice their dignity, abuse their bodies, and spoil the environment to extract sand, an essential construction mate-rial. And this disappearing sand is pushing them to take ever more risks to get hold of it.