Dedans – Bound to dance

Many feel that Africa and dancing combine well. After seeing this film you might need to reconsider. In the Beninese society professional dancers are regarded as outlaws. Prejudices, gender ideas and resistant family members make it difficult to follow your heart when you're a dancer. For Franklin, dancing is an ongoing battle to prove himself to his father, who was also a dancer. For Sophiatou, who is illiterate, it is the best way to express herself. This film provides an authentic and colourful portrait of two dancers and their struggle for recognition.


  • Length: 35'00
  • Directors: Anne van Campenhout and Elsbeth Fraanje
  • Camera: Elsbeth Fraanje
  • Editor: Anne van Campenhout


  • TV5 Monde, 10.2012 and 05.2013 (worldwide)
  • HollandDoc24 - Makers van Morgen, 01.2013

Selection of screenings

  • Festival Art et Politique, Poitiers, FR, 04.2014
  • Beeld voor Beeld, Amsterdam, NL, 05.2012
  • Addis Filmfestival, Addis Abba, ET, 05.2012
  • InShadow Festival, Lisbon, PT, 12.2011
  • Africa in Motion, Edinburgh, UK, 11.2011
  • Go Short Int. Film Festival, Nijmegen, NL, 03.2011
  • Dutch Film Festival, Utrecht, NL, 09.2010


Best Documentary Award – InShadow Festival, Lisbon, PT, 12.2011. Jury verdict:

"The film Dedans, besides the rhythm and the quality, shows us what is beyond dance: the dancer’s struggle against discrimination and the role that is given to dance in the promotion of the emancipation of women."