DIRECTED BY: Idrissou Mora-Kpai
PRODUCER: Jean-Marie Teno
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Alexandra Kordes
SOUND: Victor Houedanou
EDITORS: Catherine Boneta, Christiane Badgley
MUSIC: Yarou Diguidirou, Marianne Entat
CO-PRODUCERS: Arouna Sacca Mora-Kpai, Carl Ludwig Rettimger
PRODUCTION: Les Films du Raphia, Lichtblick Cologne, Noble Films, France 5.
DISTRIBUTION: Les Films du Raphia

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Si-Gueriki

Idrissou returns to his village after having spent ten years in Europe. His father has died in the mean time. He discovers the living conditions of his sisters and nieces, and especially the place his mother holds today. During his childhood, she was just one of his father’s wives, a shadow in the house; today she bears the title «Si-Gueriki», she is the queen mother. With this intimate and personal film, Idrissou Mora-Kpaï casts an eye – from the inside and the outside at the same time – on his origins and his culture. 
« Si-Gueriki, La Reine Mère » is an intimate and personal film. Idrissou Mora-Kpai: 'With the death of my father, part of my childhood, my security, my faith and dreams died too.' The conversations with all the women are lively, humorous and very elucidating. Despite their difficult position, the ladies are very well aware of what there is to be bought in the world. « MoraKpai filmed their world with respect and love, without too much attractive folklore » (Rotterdam International Film Festival).

FESTIVALS
• ROTTERDAM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (PAYS-BAS 2003)
• VIENNALE (AUTRICHE 2003)
• MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL (USA 2003)
• CINEMA DU REEL (FRANCE 2002)
• MAGARET MEAT FILM FESTIVAL (USA 2003)
• LUSSAS, ETATS GENERAUX DU FILM DOCUMENTAIRE (FRANCE 2002)
• ENCOUNTERS ( REPUBLIQUE SUD AFRICAINE 2003)
• NAMUR, FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE FILM FRANCOPHONE (BELGIQUE 2002)
• LES ECRANS DOCUMENTAIRES (FRANCE 2002)
• FESPACO (BURKINA-FASO 2003)
• FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE FILM DE FRIBOURG( SUISSE 2003)
• GENEVE, 013TH EDITION BLACK MOVIE (SUISSE 2003)
• FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE FILM D’AMIENS (FRANCE 2003)
• INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL INNSBRUCK (AUTRICHE 2003)
• AMAKULA KAMPALA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (OUGANDA 2004)
• CINEMAFRICA (PAYS-BAS 2004)
• FICA (COTE-D’IVOIRE 2004)
• AFRICA FILM FESTIVAL (BELGIQUE 2004)
• AFRICA ALIVE ( ALLEMAGNE 2004)
• LAGUNIMAGE (BENIN 2002)
• FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE FILM DE OUIDAH (BENIN 2004)
• AFRIQUE TAILLE XL ( BELGIQUE 2005)
• FESTIVAL VUES D’AFRIQUE, MONTREAL ( CANADA 2003)
• CINEMA AFRICA, BERLIN ( ALLEMAGNE 2003) 
• SVA (SOCIETY FOR VISUAL ANTHROPOLOGY) FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL (USA 2003)
• NEW-YORK AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL 2004 (USA)
• MILAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL (ITALIE 2003)
• MOSTRA INTERNACIONAL DE FILMS DE DONES DE BARCELONA (ESPAGNE 2003)
30 CADIZ, 39° EDICION DE LA MUESTRA CINEMATOGRAFICO DEL ATLANTICO (ESPAGNE 2007)
• LES RNONTRES CINEMA DE GINDOU (France 2003)


AWARDS:
• 2003 Si-Gueriki – Best Documentary in the 4th International Film festival of Ouidah (Benin) 
• 2003 Si-Gueriki – Special mention for EU award; Fespaco (Burkina Faso)
• 2002 Si-Gueriki – Best Documentary, TV5 Award in the 20th Namurs International French Speaking Film Festival (Belgium) 
• 2002 Si-Gueriki – Best Documentary in the festival Lagunimage (Benin)