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Title:Ra, the mechanic
Editor:Cissé, Mamadou Kotiki
City of publisher:Bamako
Publisher:Farafina Danbé Productions
Geographic term:Mali
Subjects:women entrepreneurs
repair shops
urban life
documentary films (form)
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Abstract:In the busy streets of Bamako (Mali), a young woman, about 25 years old, mother of a child, repairs generators. Engaged to be married, Ra does 'a man's job' and supervises a crew of teenage boys. Ra gives much importance to social relationships - she participates in the 'tontines' (informal saving and credit associations) organized by the young women of her district. Wrecked generators from her shop are recovered and transformed into crockery and kitchen utensils. On Ra's wedding day, the presents given to her include gifts made from her recovered generators. [Abstract reproduced from dvd-video]