SUN OF THE SOIL

A documentary directed by photojournalist Joe Penney. Joe Penney was the chief photographer for Reuters in West Africa from 2012-2016.

Post-Production completed in the Fall of 2019. Coming in 2020.

A Malian artist searches to discover the truth behind the history of the 14th Century African king, Mansa Musa. After centuries of colonial invasion, manuscripts with firsthand information on the empire have been destroyed or disappeared, and the legend of this king remains shrouded in mystery. Sun of the Soil is the story of an artist who, in the act of remembering through making, examines the present-day
gold industry of Mali and sheds a new light on centuries of historical assumption.