Ca Twiste a Poponguine

Director: Moussa Sene Absa
Countries: Senegal
Year: 1993
Running Time: 90 min.
Language: French

Ca Twiste a Poponguine is set in the mid ’60s and follows the exploits of two gangs of teenagers who adopt Western ways. Each gang only has three members. Les Ins take their names from French pop stars and have a group of girls by their side. The Kings, the rival group, are styled after American rhythm and blues players, and while they may not have girls, they have the only record player in the area.

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About the Director

Moussa Sène Absa

Moussasene_absaBiography: Moussa Sène Absa was born in 1958 in Senegal. After starting a career as an actor, he has won awards for his short films, documentaries, and features. He is also a painter and author. He exemplifies the “homo senegalensis”, an ideal of an artist, which was dear to Léopold Sédar Senghor, rooted in tradition but fully willing to use what the Western world has to offer. Ironically, Absa is more famous internationally than he is in his own country despite exposure to a large audience in Senegal through the TV series Goorgoorlu, written by TT Fons and produced by the national Senegalese television (RTS).

His first film Le Prix du mensonge (The Price of Lies) earned him the Tanit d’Argent (Silver Tanit) at the Journées cinématographiques de Carthage (Carthage Film Festival) in 1988.

Tableau Ferraille, released in 1996, earned him several awards including Best Cinematography at FESPACO in 1997.

(Source: 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.84)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Tableau Ferraille [Scrap Heap] (1998);
Ainsi meurent les anges [And So Angels Die] (2002);
L’Extraordinaire Destin de Madame Brouette [Ms. Wheelbarrow] (2005);
Teranga Blues (2007);
Yoole [The Sacrifice] (2012).

Filmography:
Le Prix du mensonge (1988);
Ken Bugul (1990);
Set Setal (1991);
Jaaraama (1991);
Entre nos mains (1991);
Molaan (1992);
Offrande à Mame Njare (1993);
Yalla yaana (1994);
Twist à Popenguine [Ça twiste à Poponguine] (1994);
Tableau Ferraille [Scrap Heap] (1997);
Jëf Jël (1998);
Blues pour une diva (1999);
Ainsi meurent les anges [And So Angels Die] (2001);
Goorgoorlu (2001);
L’Extraordinaire destin de Madame Brouette [Ms. Wheelbarrow] (2002);
The Adventures of Aziz the Reporter (2002);
Bari-baiire (2003);
Ngoyaan, le chant de la séduction (2004);
Teranga Blues (2007);
Yoole [The Sacrifice] (2011).