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by Michel K. Zongo


After it was shut down in 2001, the Faso Fani textile factory in Koudougou, Burkina Faso’s third-largest city, was left to rot. It probably figures in the World Bank and IMF archives as one more piece of collateral damage, yet another write-off in a West African sideshow. Michel Zongo, who grew up in Koudougou, reopens the case of this legendary factory. He visits relatives and former employees, including his uncle, who once owned a much admired modern cult object thanks to Faso Fani: one of the first refrigerators in town. 

international title: The Siren of Faso Fani
original title: La sirène de Faso Fani
country: Burkina Faso, France, Germany, Qatar
sales agent: Cinédoc Films
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Michel K. Zongo
film run: 90'
screenplay: Michel K. Zongo, Christophe Cognet
cinematography by: Michel K. Zongo
film editing: François Sculier
music: Smokey
producer: Christian Lelong, Michel K. Zongo, Michael Bogar
production: Cinédoc Films, Perfect Shot Films, Diam Production