Directed by Elhadj Magori Sani • Documentary • 2008 • 52 minutes
"I am singing about onion farming, bringing both suffering and joy." So sings an onion farmer as he works his field Galmi, in Niger. Beside him stands Yaro, a fellow farmer who knows all too well the hope and sorrow his livelihood can bring.
Agriculture is key to the local economy, with Galmi onions prized throughout West Africa. Shot over the course of one growing season, FOR THE BEST AND FOR THE ONION! is a verite documentary that captures the rhythms of life in Galmi, and how the vagaries of market price and harvest can affect the most intimate personal decisions.
Filmed in director Elhadj Magori Sani's home community, this film offers a rare level of intimacy and immediacy that can only come from the eye of an insider.
"Provides an intimate look at the lives of one African Muslim family in Galmi, Niger."—Educational Media Reviews Online