Synopsis:
Every year, works of art of great value are smuggled out of african countries and sold on the international antiques market. In total contravention of existing laws and always in secret.  
For the first time, a documentary tells with full details the itinerary of a sacred object of particular importance, which disappeared from the shrine where it had been kept for centuries to end up at an antique dealer’s in Paris.  
The author has been able to decrypt, analyse and reveal each aspect of the story: beginning with the circumstances of the theft, the motivations which led the thieves to sell the item, as well as the role of the accomplices, the intervention of corruption, as well as the evolution of mind-sets and influence of islam. The inquest takes place in Dogon country, Mali. It starts in january 2001 and concludes five years later.
Director's filmography:
- Les dieux sont à vendre (2008 - TV)
Type:
TV
Genre:
Doc
Year of production:
2008
Status:
Finished
Runtime:
52'
Original Version:
Français/Anglais/Dogon
Majority:
Yes