The geo-political, economic and social realities of Niger contrast starkly with those of Western countries. These parameters have a determining influence of the lives of all Nigeriens, so it is important to take account of these factors as a means to better understanding the decisions and motivations of the individuals in the documentary. This section provides an overview of the country to enable students to immediately grasp the broader context in which the people of Kara-Kara live and how it compares with their own situation, including: