Umoja, the Village where Men are Forbidden

France | 2008 | 52’ | Color |English | Jean-Marc Sainclair and Jean Crousillac
Woman | Social Issues







From 1970 to 2003, 1,600 women said they had been raped by British soldiers in northern Kenya.
Feeling dishonored, their husbands beat and abandoned them. A handful of these women created Umoja, a village off-limits to men, which became the refuge of Samburu women. Jealous men regularly threaten the village and create many problems for its founder, Rebecca Lolosoli.

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Festivals, Nominations & Awards :
- FIPA d'argent - Special Prize

- Cairo Human Rights Film Festival, thursday, 29 December 2011

Script: Jean Crousillac, Jean-Marc Sainclair
Photographer: Maëlenn Dujardin
Montage: Laura Delle Piane
Sound: Olivier Roux
Producer: Jean Crousillac, Jean-Marc Sainclair
Production: BackPack Productions


Jean Crousillac
An entrepreneur specialised in event organising, Jean Crousillac is involved in the local development of emerging nations. When he heard about Umoja from the Washington Post, he decided to invite the founder of this women-only village to shed light on her fight. With Jean-Marc Sainclair, he created an audiovisual association called Manta Productions and realised a documentary about Rebecca Lolosoli’s struggle: Umoja, the village where men are forbidden.

Jean-Marc Sainclair
After studying economics and finance (1996–2000), Jean-Marc studied audiovisual media in Paris and became a journalist. In 2006 he founded Manta Productions with Jean Crousillac to create and promote documentaries. The first film, Umoja, the village where men are forbidden, was co-realised with Jean Crousillac and shot at the end of 2006. Among his other works are Una labor de hormiga (‘An aunt’s work’), an institutional documentary about the work of an Equatorian NGO with local communities, and Piedra y Miel (‘Stone and Honey’), a documentary about the work of 8-year-old Juan Carlos in the trash dump fields of Chone, a small town in Equador.

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