»I like strong characters, as long as they are not too perfect. Binti is the heroine, but she is also a girl of flesh and blood with her weak sides. Yet, in this film it is the kids who come up with solutions, while the parents keep muddling through.«
Twelve-year-old Binti dreams of becoming a famous vlogger and goes nowhere without her mobile phone. She lives in Europe with her father, who was born in Congo, but still has no official residence permit. When Binti meets the shy Elias by chance, she hatches a plan. In the meantime, Elias is busy trying to protect the endangered African forest giraffe. »Lots of okapis live all over the world today. They have forgotten their homeland but are still searching for freedom.«
Awards for Binti (Selection)
Arthouse Cinemas Network Award – Ale Kino! International Young Audience Film Festival 2019 | Bronze Castle – Castellinaria International Festival of Young Cinema 2019 | Cinekid International Lion Jury Award – Cinekid 2019 | Best Feature Film – Junior Fest 2019 | Special Jury Diploma – Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival 2019 | Grand Prix de Montréal – Montréal International Children’s Film Festival 2019
Frederike Migom is a Brussels-based film director and screenwriter. She studied drama at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York before getting a degree in film at the École Superieure d’Etudes Cinématographiques in Paris. Her feature debut Binti (2019) had its North American premiere at the Sundance Film Festival 2020 and has since collected a series of awards and nominations, including the ECFA Award for Best European Youth Film 2020 and the Best International Children’s Film at Cinekid in 2019, among many others.
Films by Frederike Migom
Si-G 2016 | Nkosi Coiffure 2015 | Adam & Everything 2014 | Malakim 2013