Be Kunko

Director: Cheick Fantamady Camara
Country: Guinea
Year: 2004
Running Time: 32 min.
Language: Creole, French, and Malinke

Be Kunko (which means everybody’s problem) depicts the spiral of violence that a group of teenagers fall into as they struggle to survive from day-to-day in a Guinean refugee camp in the capital of Conakry. Little by little, we discover the teenagers’ daily lives. John and Tom go from burglary to armed robbery, while Satou and Dady end up in prostitution. As time goes by, the gap widens between Tom, who revels in an extreme violence, and John, who is violent because that’s the only way to survive, but who nonetheless struggles to build himself a “normal” life again.

About the Director

Cheick Fantamady Camara

Französische Filmtage Tübingen 2007Biography: Cheick Fantamady Camara was born in Conakry, Guinea, in 1960. He studied screenwriting at the French Audiovisual National Institute, and subsequently filmmaking at the
École Nationale Supérieure Louis Lumière in Paris, France. He made his first short film, Konorofili (Anxiety) in 2000, followed by Bè Kunko (Everybody’s Problem) in 2004. In 2006, he made his first feature film, Clouds over Conakry (Il va pleuvoir sur Conakry), which received numerous international distinctions, including the People’s Choice Award at FESPACO 2007. In 2012, he released the film Morbayassa (the name of a traditional dance).

(Sources:
– AFF, Inc.
Through African Eyes – Conversations with the Directors – Volume 2, BONETTI Mahen and SEAG Morgan (Editors), 2010, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.50.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Bè Kunko [Everybody’s Problem] (2006);
Clouds over Conakry [Il va pleuvoir sur Conakry] (2008).

Filmography:
Konorofili [Anxiety] (2000);
Little John (2002);
Bè Kunko [Everybody’s Problem] (2004);
Clouds over Conakry [Il va pleuvoir sur Conakry] (2006);
Morbayassa (2012).