A Love Apart

Rhaissa is a 17 years old Tuareg girl who lives a nomadic life in the Air-mountains. She is about to marry, but it is an arranged marriage, where two families decide hereby to increase their social bounds. The film follows the whole ceremony of preparing and completing the marriage. An intimate inside-look into Tuareg life and the story of a special wedding.

News

  • - Jade Kunlun Award

    We are pleased to inform you, that our documentary A LOVE APART by Bettina Haasen won the Jade Kunlun Awards. [...]

    We are pleased to inform you, that our documentary A LOVE APART by Bettina Haasen won the Jade Kunlun Awards. Christian Beetz will join the Jade Kunlun Awards - 2008 World Mountain Documentary Festival, which takes place from September 23rd to September 25th in Quinghai/ China.


  • - Broadcast on arte

    Our documentary A LOVE APART created for the 3sat-series “Girls stories” will air on arte on Friday, December 18th at [...]

    Our documentary A LOVE APART created for the 3sat-series “Girls stories” will air on arte on Friday, December 18th at 7pm. The rerun will be on December 25th at 09:10am.




A Love Apart

Coyly she looks into the camera and then lowers her eyes again. Rhaissa laughs. Laughs at what her girlfriend Fatimata says about the man who will become her

husband in a matter of days. He is not particularly handsome, nor does he have an abundance of “Ashek,” which means pride. But Rhaissa will marry him anyway. The proposal was made, her parents accepted and so she is resigned to her fate. One final time again she will shepherd the goats, sing from the heights of Nigeria’s Aïr Mountians and be a girl. What will follow are long, calm days and nights in her mother’s tent. The marriage ritual is governed by the unspoken rules of „Takaraket“ which requires that she neither speaks nor leaves the tent until her wedding night. We’ll stay close to Rhaissa and listen to what she would never dare speak out loud.

The director Bettina Hassen, who has lived for more than three years in the West African desert state of Niger, comes in her second film tenderly close to a foreign world.

The perspective of a young girl in her cultural context is the subject of the film, which shows from a respectable angle a different sense of time, a particular value system and attitude to love concerns. A calm, poetic film, that lives by the absence of explanatory words and ethnographic outlooks.

Author/ Director: Bettina Haasen
Camera: Marcus Winterbauer
Editing: Michèle Barbin
Sound: Bettina Haasen
Songs: Imzad
Music: Michael Mühlhaus
Executive Producers: Christian Beetz, Reinhardt Beetz
Producer: Eva Rink
Translation/Production Assistance: Abda Aghali

Koproduktion

France5_logo ETV_logo ept_logo yle_logo 3sat_logo

Förderer

EZEF_logo
  • A Love Apart

    ARTE
    18 December 2008 at 7:00 pm

  • A Love Apart

    ZDF Kultur
    08 June 2011 at 11:50 am

  • Sisters of a long Night

    ZDF Kultur
    04 January 2012 at 10:45 am

  • Sisters of a long Night

    3sat
    22 January 2012 at 6:30 pm

  • Sisters of a long night

    3sat
    06 March 2013 at 12:30 am

  • Sisters of a long night

    ZDF Kultur
    23 July 2013 at 10:40 am

  • A Love Apart

    3sat
    08 March 2015 at 4:45 am