Kayayo, the living shopping baskets (Kayayo, de levende handlekurvene) (Norway | 2016, 30 min)
Directed by: Mari Bakke Riise
Kayayo means “girl-carrier” in the Ga language. In the capital of Ghana, 10 000 girls from the ages of 6 work as real life shopping baskets - called Kayayo, carrying heavy loads on their head (from 130 to 220 pounds), earning very little and some end up in prostitution to make ends meet. This documentary is about Bamunu, an 8-year old girl who hasn’t seen her family since she was sent away from home two years ago to work as a Kayayo to support her family. We follow her incessant longing to get away from the harsh markets, her journey back home and what awaits there.