By :
Abdoulaye DAO
Burkina faso, 2008
52 min
A medical documentary about the genetic disease sickle-cell anaemia that makes life miserable for the afflicted.
Sickle-cell anaemia is a painful, non-contagious but eventually deadly genetic condition that leads to exclusion in many countries, among them Burkina Faso. The symptom of the condition is that the red blood cells assume an abnormal sickle shape, which in turn leads to further complications for those afflicted.

The perspective of the documentary is medical, but without ignoring the personal tragedies caused by the disease. Among those featuring in the film are medical doctors as well as afflicted people, and their loved ones who share their stories of how the disease impacts on their lives with the director and the viewers.