“I am singing about onion farming, bringing both suffering and joy.” So sings an onion farmer as he works his field in Galmi, 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, the film captures the rhythms of life in Galmi, showing a family’s dependence on their onion crop and how market price and harvest can affect the most intimate personal decisions. Directed by Elhadj Magori Sani. 

For the Best and For the Onion

2008 NE 52 min
Festival Year: 2013
Types: Documentary
Topic: Energy & Resources, Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Global Perspectives, Sustainable Living