Burkinabe girls dance with UNICEF against child marriage. 

In Burkina Faso 1 out of 2 girls will be married before the age of 18 Many factors interact to place a girl at risk of marriage, including poverty, the perception that marriage will provide ‘protection’, family honour, social norms, customary or religious laws that condone the practice, an inadequate legislative framework and the state of a country’s civil registration system.

Child marriage often compromises a girl’s development by resulting in early pregnancy and social isolation, interrupting her schooling, limiting her opportunities for career and vocational advancement and placing her at increased risk of domestic violence. Child marriage also affects boys, but to a lesser degree than girls.

To promote UNICEF’s campaign, we worked with Choreographers Iréne Tassembedo and Patrick Kabre, as well as 1000 Burkinabe girls, to produce a music and dance video, in protest against early marriage.

We spent 3 days shooting this video in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou with both school girls and professional dancers.

Equipment used: Sony FS7, DJI Ronin and Contax Zeiss Superspeed prime lenses.

Director: Tim Webster

1st AD: Geraint Hill

Choreography: Irene Tassembedo and Patrick Kabre