Synopsis

Perma gold mine, Benin. Some dream to find something, others realized there was nothing to be found.
Some dig relentlessly hoping to become rich, others died in the process. And a few of them say that here,
nobody dies.

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Simon Panay

Awards

  • 20th Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival (Rhode Island, USA, Août 2016) Oscar Qualifying          Award : Premier Prix du Jury (Compétition Documentaire)
  • 33ème Vues D'Afrique (Montréal, Canada, Avril 2017)   Award : Meilleur Court-Métrage Documentaire
  • 17ème Un Poing C'est Court, Festival de Vaulx-en-Velin (Vaulx-en-Velin, France, Janvier 2017)                            Award : Prix Spécial du Jury, Prix de la Francophonie, Mention Spéciale du Jury Universitaire
  • 18th Mediteran Film Festival (Široki Brijeg, Bosnie, Août 2017)                                                                               Award : Meilleur Court-Métrage Documentaire

Biography

Simon Panay is 24. He left school after high school and started to make films when he was 18. One year later, he shot his first fiction short "Drôle de Guerre". 2012, he went in Africa to shoot his first documentary film: "Tontines, une affaire de femmes" and
2014 his second documentary « Waiting for the (t)rain » .
2014, he received a Prize of Best Talented Young Director of the Year from the prestigious Organization ARP. 2016, He met Xavier Castano, the producer of Jean-Jacques Annaud (Seven Years In Tibet, Enemy at the Gate, The Name of the Rose, The Bear, Black Gold, Wolf Totem...). He produces his first feature film of fiction "Day 26", actually in development.