Caravan

Every year in September, a group of nomadic women of the Tuareg tribe in Niger venture out by caravan. They travel 600 km through one of the largest sand deserts in the Sahara area.

Caravan

Caravan

Caravan is a beautiful and compelling portrait of an extraordinary group of women on a challenging journey.

The women’s journey takes them to the oases of Fachi, through extremely difficult desert territory where even the smallest mistake can have disastrous consequences. Camels are essential – cars cannot handle the harsh terrain.

The women travel the great distance to collect dates, which they bring with them and sell along the way in local markets. A trade that is essential to the tribe’s existence. But the women also travel to gain respect among their peers and to make a name for themselves in the tribe.

The trip through the desert usually takes around two weeks. Along the way the caravan passes wells distanced 2, 3, and 4 days’ journey from each other. But though the locations of the wells are known, it is easy to miss them in the enormous sand dunes, which move every year and take on new formations. With a possible marching pace of between 30 and 50 km a day, a mistake of even 1 km can have devastating consequences.

Director Dan Säll
Producer Jakob Høgel
Produced by Cosmo Doc Aps
Duration 28 min.
Year of Production 2005
Original Title Caravan
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