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The Stigma of Angels

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The Stigma of Angels
14 Dec
Film-maker Jane Labous documents the taboos faced by Senegalese women when it comes to infertility

Infertility affects thousands of women across Senegal, yet the subject is deeply taboo. In this ground-breaking documentary, Jane Labous meets those fighting societal pressures in this West African country, where the infertile are said to be affected by les anges (‘bad spirits’) and where a new generation of career women is leaving it later to have children.

Angels (2018)
Written and Directed by: Jane Labous
Camera: Shona Hamilton, James Labous
Producers: Jane Labous, Idrissa Ndiaye
Lead Cast: Mami Sow (Reïssa), Ndim (as herself)
Casting Director: Idrissa Ndiaye
Editors: Shona Hamilton, James Labous
Colourist: John McMullin
Runner : Moussa Ndiaye
Wolof translation: Adele Mbaye, Idrissa Ndiaye
The Angels documentary project was funded by the European Journalism Centre (EJC), via its Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme

• Find out more about the documentary here.

• A crowdfunding campaign to help Ndim raise money for her fibroids operation can be found here.

Read the full story in the January 2019 issue of Geographical, available now

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