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Nobody Dies Here

World Affairs, Human Rights, Short Film, Africa
Simon Panay
24 minutes


World Premiere, First Jury Prize - Best Documentary
Rhode Island Int'l Film Festival

Official Selection
Oaxaca Film Festival
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival



Sandwiched between Togo and Nigeria, Benin is a narrow West African nation where their motto is Fraternity, Justice, Labor. It is also the birthplace of voodoo. In a small gold mine near the coast, men find their livelihood, some die in its pursuit, and some say, nobody dies here.



Simon Panay is 23. He made his first fiction short film "Drôle de Guerre" at 19. In 2012, he shot his first documentary film in Africa : "Tontines, une affaire de femmes" (52min) and 2014 his second documentary "Waiting for the (t)rain" (26min). This film was selected at 120 festivals all over the world, 22 Awards. In 2014, he received a prize for best young director of the year from the prestigious organization ARP.


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