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by Mati Diop


November, 2021. Twenty-six royal treasures of the Kingdom of Dahomey are about to leave Paris to return to their country of origin, the present- day Republic of Benin. Along with thousands of others, these artifacts were plundered by French colonial troops in 1892. But what attitude to adopt to these ancestors’ homecoming in a country that had to forge ahead in their absence ? While the soul of the artifacts is freed, debate rages among students of the University of Abomey-Calavi.

international title: Dahomey
original title: Dahomey
working title: Le Retour
country: France, Senegal, Benin
sales agent: Les Films du Losange
year: 2024
genre: documentary
directed by: Mati Diop
film run: 68'
release date: FR 25/09/2024
screenplay: Mati Diop
film editing: Gabriel Gonzalez
producer: Ama Ampadu, Mati Diop, Judith Lou Lévy, Eve Robin
production: Les Films du Bal, Fanta Sy (SN)
distributor: Les Films du Losange

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