The Golden Conch Shell


The Golden Conch Shell is a story for our times, based on West African folklore blended with elements of Hans Christian Andersen. Serena and Billy are two siblings trying to find their voice in the contemporary world. Their adventures take them down to the very depths of the sea where they meet the sea goddess Mami Wata and her army of sharks. How will they use their talents and ingenuity to escape Mami Wata’s clutches and return safely home? The film is suitable for children aged 5-10 years and their families, features shadow puppetry and original music.

The Théâtre À l’Envers is currently translating the film, which will premiere in French at the FIFEM (Montreal International Children’s Film Festival) in March.


Director : John Cobb
Narrative storyline : Patricia Bergeron, Dumisizwe Vuyo Bhembe, John Cobb, Zannie Fraser, Sarah Kemp et Ken Patterson
Performer : Zannie Fraser
Voice : Sarah Kemp, Eleanor Cobb, Sam Judge and John Cobb
Shadow puppet’s creator : Zannie Fraser
Film and sound editor : Ken Patterson
Composer : Dumisizwe Vuyo Bhembe


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