The Absence / L’Absence

Director: Mama Keita
Country: Senegal and France
Year: 2009
Running Time: 81 min.
Language: French, Wolof and Sign language

After brilliant studies in France and an absence of almost seventeen years, Adama, a trained engineer, hastily comes back to his native country, Senegal. He discovers that his deaf sister Aicha is a prostitute and must save her from the underworld. His return and this news, rekindle old family drama.

About the Director

Mama Keïta

Biography: Mama Keïta was born in Dakar, Senegal, to a Vietnamese mother and a Guinean father. He studied law at the University of Paris I. He has directed and produced a documentary and several long feature films, including 2009’s award-winning film The Absence. He also has to his credit numerous screenplays.

(Source: Through African Eyes – Conversations with the Directors – Volume 2, BONETTI Mahen and SEAG Morgan (Editors), 2010, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.57)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Le Fleuve [The River] (2004);
The Absence (2010).

Filmography:
Le Cafard (1981);
L’Oriental (1982);
Opus 1 (1985);
Waps (1988);
Choisis-toi un ami (1990);
Ragazzi (1991);
Nuit blanche (1993);
Le Onzième Commandement (1997);
David Achkar, une étoile filante (1998);
Le Fleuve [The River] (2003);
Sur la route du fleuve (2004);
Le Transfert (2004);
Le Sourire du serpent (2007);
L’Afrique vue par… [Africa Seen by…] – One More Vote for B. Obama (2009);
The Absence (2009).