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Denko LR.jpg
Directed by Mohamed Camara
Produced by Dominique Andreani
Written by Mohamed Camara
Music by Mamady Mansare[1]
Cinematography Mathieu Vaudepied[1]
Edited by Agnes Bruckert[1]
Release date
Running time
18 minutes
Country Guinea/France

Denko is a 1993 short drama film directed by Guinean film maker Mohamed Camara. The story involves incest between a mother and son.[2] The film won the Grand Prix at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival,[3] the award for Best Short film at the Fribourg International Film Festival and the Golden Danzante award at the Huesca Film Festival.[4]


Mariama and her blind son Bilaly are shunned by their neighbours. When Mariama rescues an albino man, Samba, from drowning, she discovers that he is a healer and can cure her son's blindness. In order for him to do this, Mariama must commit incest with Bilaly.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Spaas, Lieve (2000). The Francophone film: a struggle for identity. Manchester University Press. p. 261. ISBN 0-7190-5861-9. 
  2. ^ Armes, Roy (2006). African filmmaking: north and south of the Sahara. Edinburgh University Press. p. 152. ISBN 0-7486-2124-5. 
  3. ^ Nesselson, Lisa (2000). "Clermont-Ferrand Festival of Short Films". Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "37 Huesca International Film Festival". Huesca Film Festival. 2009. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Denko". British Film Institute National Archive. 2 December 2009. Retrieved 5 February 2010. [dead link]

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