The Living Word

Dola Bonfils, Denmark, 1996

44 min.DK/Documentary

A meeting takes place in Burkina Faso between the founder of the popular
Naam movement, Bernard Ouédraogo and the Danish author, debater, and
politician, Ebbe Kløvedal Reich. The theme is: democracy. The Naam movement consists of small, democratically structured groups that work together on accomplishing development in their particular civil community. The fundamental principle of the Naam movement is development without destruction; and the movement (which has been dubbed ¿The Quiet Revolution¿) now encompasses more than 4,000 groups of approximately 50 members in Burkina Faso alone.
Bernard Ouédraogo¿s development model has a micro-economic basis, and
repudiates the developmental methods that was introduced during and after
colonialisation. Ebbe Kløvedal Reich and Bernard Ouédraogo meet in the film for the first time. They discuss democracy, popular government as opposed to national economics and the apparatus of state, power, tradition, and progress.
Ebbe Kløvedal Reich reflects upon his impressions and their relevance for
a Western contect. His knowledge of the history of Danish and Western
democracies and their present-day crisis will be the mirror in which the story of this African democratic project will be reflected.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Levende ord 1: Fællesskab og demokrati
Danish title Levende ord 1: Fællesskab og demokrati
Other titles Levende ord, del 1
Director Dola Bonfils
Screenplay Dola Bonfils
Director of Photography Björn Blixt
Editor Niels Pagh Andersen
Sound Henrik Langkilde, Henrik Gugge Garnov
Production country Denmark
Production company Magic Hour Films
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Production company Magic Hour Films


Direction Dola Bonfils


Script Dola Bonfils


Cinematography Björn Blixt


Editing Niels Pagh Andersen


Sound engineer Henrik Langkilde
Sound engineer Henrik Gugge Garnov

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