The Fruitless Tree (Niger: 2016)


Aicha Elhaj Macky

Cast list

Aicha Macky: Herself


Co producers: Sani Magori and Clara Vuillermoz

Editing: Aurélie Jourdan

Cinematography: Julien Bossé

Sound: Corneillie Houssou

Music: Dominique Peter


This is a documentary Aicha Macky made about her own life and her struggles with infertility. She discusses how it is customary for women to be frowned upon for being infertile.  A woman, Macky says, is like a tree producing fruits for her husband, but as an infertile woman she gets referred to as a tree without its fruits. There is much discussion of how women are meant to suggest a second wife to a man that they cannot give a child to. This is one of the many implications that Macky discusses that infertile women face.


New York African Film Festival. “The Fruitless Tree.” African Film Festival, Inc., 10 May 2018.

Welle, Deutsche. “The Fruitless Tree.”, 30 Jan. 2017.

Barlet, Olivier & Ellerson, Beti. “L’Arbre sans fruit / The Fruitless Tree by Aïcha Elhadj Macky: Woman among Mothers.” Black Camera, vol. 8 no. 2, 2017, pp. 267-268. Project MUSE.


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