Initiation in Kabye country in Togo is a determining factor which integrates young men and identifies them in their social sphere in relation with their culture and age. It involves steps that traditional priests make them follow as they grow up and mature. This film relates the steps I took as an adult to be initiated a posteriori for I had missed this initiation for a number of reasons. I now feel such a longing to return to the mystery of my culture that I feel I shall go and meet the traditional priests of my community to convince them to teach me. At the same time I claim my identity as a young intellectual whose mind has opened to other cultures. If my approach is not successful because of its novelty, I will follow my cousin’s initiation to clarify the meaning of the Kabye ritual of initiation. I will make sure that my film serve as a substitute for my initiation. –Zaradoc Films
Luc Abaki Kouméabalo is a Togolese journalist. Between his studies and his professional life, he did’nt have a moment for his initiation, a determining factor in his natal northern region of Togo, which integrates young men in their social sphere. He is today seeking to return to the mystery of his culture and to be initiated a posteriori.
Beware his quest, the director makes “Kondonna” serve as a substitute for his initiation and claim his identity as a young intellectual opened to other cultures but still attached to his country’s ancestral traditions. —zaradoc.com