Bul Déconné

Director: Massaër Dieng and Marc Picavez
Country: Senegal and France
Year: 2005
Running Time: 75 min.
Language: French and Wolof


After an argument with his examiners at one of Senegal’s top universities, Sogui withdraws from his comfortable and legitimate life. He discovers society’s criminal underbelly together with his friend Max as well as Samba, his childhood friend who is leading an unstable and vulnerable existence, earning his living as a street vendor.

Bul déconné – Wolof slang for “Don’t be an idiot” – is a collaboration between French filmmaker Marc Picavez and the Senegalese filmmaker Massaër Dieng.

About the Director

Massaër Dieng and Marc Picavez

Biography: Massaër Dieng was a Senegalese director. A Dess (Diplôme d’études supérieures spécialisées) in Audiovisual and Cinema, it was in 2000, in a hallway at the University of Nantes that Massaër Dieng, met a young French student named Marc Picavez. Three years later, Bul Déconné! took shape. In 2005, Massaër Dieng experienced his first job as chief operator of the short film Neither Seen Nor Known, directed by Julie Rembauville. He died in January 12, 2012. He is buried in the city of Touba in Senegal.

Biography: Marc Picavez wrote his first screenplay in high school and won the competition Scénarios sur la drogue with the short film C’est presque terrible (2000). While studying anthropology, he started in cinema with the creation of Makiz’Art in 2000 and the realization of a first film, Bul déconné!, completed in 2005. This film premiered in Dakar, Montreal and Ouidah, and is the fruit of a collaboration with Massaër Dieng.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Bul déconné! (2007).

Bul déconné! (2005);
Una sola linea (2007 – Marc Picavez);
France-Brésil et autres histoires… (2007 – Marc Picavez);
DK 17 39 (2008 – Massaër Dieng);
Installation(s) (2008 – Gaëtan Chataigner, Valérie Cibot, Julien Devaux, Marie-Pierre Duquoc, Andy Guérif, Judith Josso, Julia Kowalski, Amélie Labourdette, Charlie Mars, Gwenn Pacotte, Marc Picavez, Jean Rouaud, Carolina Suarez-Caceres, Eric Watt, David Zard);
Agosto (2009 – Marc Picavez);
Le Monde est derrière nous (2012 – Marc Picavez).