Whirlwinds / Tourbillons

Director: Alain Gomis
Countries: France / Senegal
Year: 1999
Running Time: 12 min.
Language: French


Ousmane is a young Senegalese student in France who must decide to stay in Paris or return to Senegal. Caught in a whirlwind of contradictory emotions, he wonders how he can free himself of memories and dreams for the future.

About the Director

Alain Gomis

Biography: Alain Gomis, born in France, is of Senegalese origin and studied cinematography at the Sorbonne. After graduating he organized and facilitated video production workshops for immigrant youth in Nanterre. By the age of twenty-six, he had already made three short films: Tourbillons, Tout le monde peut se tromper, and the documentary Caramels et chocolats. In 2001, Gomis directed his first feature film, L’Afrance. Gomis’ latest film, Tey, was awarded the Etalon de Yenenga at FESPACO in 2012. His films often fall under the subject of young immigrants from Sub-Saharan Africa.

– AFF, Inc.
Through African Eyes – Dialogues with the Directors, BONETTI Mahen and REDDY Prerana (Editors), 2003, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.102)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Tourbillons [Whirlwinds] (2001);
L’Afrance (2002);
Petite lumière (2004);
Tey [Aujourd’hui] (2013).

Caramels et chocolats (1996);
Tout le monde peut se tromper (1998);
Tourbillons [Whirlwinds] (1999);
L’Afrance (2001);
Petite lumière (2003);
Ahmed (2006);
Andalucia (2007);
Tey [Aujourd’hui] (2012);
Les Délices du Monde (2012).