Punctured Hope: A Story About Trokosi and the Young Girls' Slavery in Today's West Africa -- Video Clips and Director Interview (7 min.)
Synopsis: The story takes place in today's Ghana. According to Trokosi custom, if someone commits a crime, traditional leaders order that a young girl from that family be sent to the shrine as a form of atonement. The chief priest and his entourage genitally mutilate and sexually abuse the girl. Against all odds, the protagonist of the story escapes the shrine. PUNCTURED HOPE follows her life from the age of innocence to premature adulthood, against a backdrop of real and very animated African village life.
Director Bruno Pischiutta - Born in Udine, Italy in 1947, Bruno Pischiutta began his film career in the late 60's as an actor in films by Francesco Rosi, Nanni Loy and Billy Wilder. In 1975 he founded the Centro Iniziative di Azione Culturale in Rome. He made his directorial debut in 1975 with COMPAGNE NUDE, and he moved to Canada in 1983. His other films include ULTIMO INCONTRO A VENEZIA (1977), ISOLA MECCANICA (1978), THE COMOEDIA (1981), LIFE'S CHARADE (1987) and MAYBE (2003).