Studio Harmattan

  • 9.5 10
  • 2018
  • 35min
Studio Harmattan
  • Original Title: Studio Harmattan (2017)

Benin, West Africa. Three tourists are being photographed by local photographers, wearing extravagant masks of their choice. An experimental inquiry into travel, exoticism and cultural collisions.

Studio Harmattan

AWARDS: Gold Lion Award. Barcelona International Film Festival

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: Visions du Réel/ Depth of Field International Film Festival/ Thessaloniki International Film Festival Agora Doc Market

Studio Harmattan. Masks and photographs in West Africa

Three enigmatic travellers use a collection of grotesque masks, spanning from Batman to Commedia dell’arte, as a vehicle for smuggling themselves across a cultural threshold in West Africa’s Benin. 

Studio Harmattan tells a story of harshness and marvel – of attempted encounters – between the three travellers and those Beninese photographers they visit in their studios along their way. A mesmerising experimental documentary that fuses culture, art and travel. 

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