The Revolution Won’t Be Televised

Director: Rama Thiaw
Country: Senegal
Year: 2016
Running Time: 110 min.
Language: Wolof and French with English subtitles

Genre: Documentary

In 2012, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade began a highly controversial run for a third term, in violation of the nation’s constitution. Among the forces that rose up in protest was a peaceful political movement, Y’en a Marre (literally “we’re fed up”), an alliance of hip-hop artists and journalists. Rama Thiaw shadows rappers Thiat and Kilifeu and their manager Gadiaga as they crisscross Dakar to rock the youth vote.

About the Director

Rama Thiaw

Biography: Rama Thiaw was born April 30, 1978 in Nouakchott, Mauritania to Mauritanian and Senegalese parents. After her parents’ divorce, she began splitting her time living in Senegal and France, and while residing in the latter, Thiaw obtained a Master’s degree in International Economics at the Sorbonne and later developed an interest in cinema, which led her to receive a diploma in filmmaking and a Master’s degree at the University of Paris 3. In 2010, Thiaw began production on her second documentary feature entitled The Revolution Won’t Be Televised, which was screened at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2016, winning the Fipresci Prize and a special mention in the Caligari Filmpreis.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:  
The Revolution Won’t Be Televised (2017)

The Revolution Won’t Be Televised (2016)