Studio Harmattan

  • 9 10
  • 2018
  • 35min

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.


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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