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God gave her a Mercedes Benz

Written, directed and photography by: Katia Forbert Petersen

Editor: Annette Mari Olsen

Producers: Annette Mari Olsen & Katia Forbert Petersen


Produced by Sfinx Film/TV in co-production with TV2 and The Danish Film Institute

Duration 48 min.

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A fresh, colourful picture of Africa with a flow of life and colours, breathing for every European,

used to neon light in the cold supermarkets. In Lomé, the capital of Togo, trade in the marketplace

is controlled by a group of 10-20 women, who have become millionaires by selling textiles. Sleek,

elderly ladies who have created a life of wealth and respect despite their illiteracy; they are strong,

independent, and don't take orders from anybody. Their annual turnover makes up one-fourth of

the entire country’s gross national product. These women are called "Mama Benz". A Mama Benz

is a woman who controls the textile trade and is conveyed around the city in a big chauffeur-driven


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