Samedi Cinema

Director: Mamadou Dia
Country: Senegal/USA
Year: 2016
Running Time: 11 min.
Language: Fulani, Wolof and French with English subtitles

Two young Senegalese boys’ friendship is tested after they are determined to see one last film at the town movie theater before it closes.

 

 

Dem! Dem!

Director: Pape Bouname Lopy, Marc Recchia and Christophe Rolin
Country: Senegal
Year: 2016
Running Time: 26 min.
Language: Wolof and French with English subtitles

A Senegalese fisherman finds a Belgian passport on a beach in Dakar and decides to use it. He soon crosses paths with N’Zibou, a wise man who measures the clouds and questions the man about his search for identity.

Boxing Girl

Director: Iman Djionne
Country: Senegal
Year: 2016
Running Time: 26 min.
Language: Wolof and French with English subtitles

Boxing Girl is a coming-of-age tale about a bored 17-year-old hairdresser who finds red boxing gloves after getting hit by a motorbike in Dakar. As soon as she puts them on, she gets mysteriously carried all over the city.

 

Marabout

Director: Alassane Sy
Country: Senegal
Year: 2016
Running Time: 18 min.
Language: Wolof and French with English subtitles

Marabout is the story of a police detective in Dakar who pursues a group of street kids after they steal from him, only to learn about the dangers they are exposed to in their daily lives.

 

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.

Maman(s)

Director: Maïmouna Doucouré
Country: Senegal
Year: 2016
Running Time: 20 min.
Language: Wolof and French with English subtitles

Genre: Drama, Short Film

The lives of eight-year-old Aida and her family, who live in an apartment in the Parisian suburbs, are turned upside down when the girl’s father returns from their home country of Senegal—and he is not alone.

Kemtiyu, Cheikh Anta

Director: Ousmane William Mbaye
Country: Senegal
Year: 2016
Running Time: 94 min.
Language: Wolof and French with English subtitles

“The Universal Man,” “The Capital Contemporary,” “The Giant of Knowledge,” “The Last Pharaoh”: those were some of the newspaper headlines the day after the death of Senegalese historian, doctor, and politician Cheikh Anta Diop on February 7, 1986. Kemtiyu is a portrait of this trailblazing scholar—venerated by some, derided by others, and unknown to most—an honest, enlightened political figure who had an insatiable thirst for science and knowledge.

Under the Starry Sky

Director: Dyana Gaye
Country: France/Senegal
Year: 2013
Running Time: 86 min.
Language: French, Wolof, English and Italian with English subtitles

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Between Turin, Dakar, and New York, three destinies cross paths and echo one another, forming a constellation of exile. Twenty-four-year-old Sophie leaves Dakar to join her husband, Abdoulaye, in Turin. Meanwhile, Abdoulaye has already left for New York through a smuggler’s network and 19-year-old Thierno is traveling in Africa for the first time. Under the Starry Sky takes us on a journey through three distinct, diverse cities, underscoring the realities, hopes, and dreams of contemporary emigration.

AFRIPEDIA Series

Directors: Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft and Senay Berhe
Countries: Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, Sweden
Year: 2014
Running Time: 140 min.
Language: English, Portuguese, French and Wolof with English subtitles

Angola

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Angola welcomes us to the home of heavy electro music known as kuduro. Follow us across the pulsating city of Luanda, as we delve into the kuduro revolution and meet the people charting its course.

Ghana

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The whispers among those in the know are saying that Accra is the next big hotspot for African cultural production, and Afripedia, Ghana suggests they’re not wrong.

Kenya

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Through the stories of its key talents, Afripedia, Kenya takes an intimate look at Nairobi’s urban culture scene and its leading personalities and stars.

Senegal

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In Afripedia, Senegal, we meet fashion designer Selly Raby Kane. Photographer Omar Victor Diop playfully reimagines Hollywood’s most iconic images with a Senegalese twist, while dancer Khoudia Roodia is organizing and building for a future where Africa dominates street dance. Beatmaker Fanny from the Ivory Coast is defying society’s boundaries to create a future for female artists and organizers.

South Africa

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Twenty years after liberation, Afripedia, South Africa portrays a diverse new generation in which fashion designers, animators, cultural entrepreneurs, music producers and guerilla filmmakers redefine what it means to be young, talented and passionate in South Africa today.

The Prophecy

Director: Marcia Juzga
Countries: Senegal
Year: 2015
Running Time: 20 min.
Languages: French and Wolof with English subtitles

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The Prophecy is a photographic project whose objective is to raise the awareness of the Senegalese population and the rest of the world about the environmental issues Senegal is facing by combining art, culture and tradition. The series of surreal photographs details the most representative sites of Senegal’s environmental destruction. The essence of each site is characterized by a Jinn – a supernatural genie omnipresent in African cultures – merging with its environment.

Kirikou and the Sorceress

Director: Michel Ocelot
Countries: Senegal/France
Year: 2015
Running Time: 90 min.
Language: English, French and Wolof with English subtitles

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The tiny Kirikou is born into an African village upon which a sorceress called Karaba has cast a terrible spell: the spring has dried up, the villagers are being blackmailed, the men of the village have either been kidnapped or have mysteriously disappeared. He wants to rid the village of the curse so he goes on a voyage to the Forbidden Mountain, where the Wise Man of the Mountain, who knows of Karaba and her secrets, awaits him.

Incorruptible

Director: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Countries: Senegal/USA
Year: 2015
Running Time: 90 min.
Language: English, French and Wolof with English subtitles

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In the Spring of 2011, Senegal was pitched into crisis when President Abdoulaye Wade decided to change the constitution to allow for a third term. An artist-led youth movement erupted to protect one of Africa’s oldest and most stable democracies. In a time where democracy is under siege in many parts of the world, Incorruptible offers a positive, hopeful example while at the same time honestly examining the sustainability of a peoples’ movement, and the role that youth are taking in shaping the future of their own country.

Tableau Ferraille / Scrap Heap

Director: Moussa Sene Absa
Countries: Senegal
Year: 1997
Running Time: 93 min.
Language: French and Wolof

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Scrap Heap was filmed in the director’s hometown of Tableau Ferraille. Daam, an idealistic young politician, must choose between the social paradigms exemplified by his two wives. Ganerisi is a dignified village lady, and Kine, a modern, western-educated woman.

The Price Of Forgiveness / Ndeysaan

Director: Mansour Sora Wade
Country: Senegal / France
Year: 2001
Running Time: 90 min.
Language: Wolof

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For many months, a strange mist has enshrouded a small Senegalese fishing village.  In this setting, two childhood friends compete for the love of the beautiful Maxoye.  Mbanik, the son of a marabout, dares to challenge the spirits on his own and manages to make the mist vanish.  He becomes the village hero and wins Maxoye’s hand in marriage.  Yatma, however, has trouble keeping his envy in check.

Hyenas

Director: Djibril Diop Mambety
Country: Senegal
Year: 1992
Running Time: 113 min
Language: Wolof with English subtitles

Mambety adapts a timeless parable of human greed into a biting satire of today’s Africa–betraying the hopes of independence for the false promises of Western materialism. Linguère Ramatou is a beautiful, young woman from a sleepy village who falls in love with a young man. When she becomes pregnant with his child, and he denies paternity so he could marry a wealthy wife, the villagers drive Linguère from home. Ideals shattered, she turns to prostitution and miraculously become the richest woman in the world, “as rich as the World Bank.”

Yoole, The Sacrifice

Director: Moussa Sène Absa
Country: Senegal
Year: 2010
Running Time: 75 min.
Language: English, French and Wolof

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In April 2006, a small boat was found drifting aimlessly along the eastern coast of Barbados. Local fishermen left the boat alone for many weeks, assuming it had something to do with drug smuggling. It later emerged that the boat contained the bodies of 11 Senegalese people who had set out to Europe four months earlier. In Senegal, it is not unusual for young people to embark in a rickety vessel in search of money and happiness in Europe or North America. Director Moussa Sene Absa is himself Senegalese, and was in Barbados when the boat was discovered. He returns to his homeland to explore the stories of the young men who risk the voyage. Surrounded by the slum dwellings and other dilapidated buildings in the ghetto, the young adults talk about poverty, hunger, politics and corruption, Western Union, and Western paradise. Archive footage of a party conference with Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, who represents the political elite, is interspersed with scenes featuring local songs, rap and poetry. Using a variety of rhythms and styles, Absa applies his own narrative method and succeeds in connecting individual stories to the sociopolitical situation. This yields a portrait of Senegalese youth and an impression of the consequences of the distance between themselves and the political elite.

Xala

Xala (DVD cover), 1974, 123 min.

Director: Ousmane Sembène
Country: Senegal
Year: 1974
Running Time: 123 min.
Language: Wolof with English subtitles

This satire deals with a self-satisfied businessman who is afflicted with the xala  (pronounced “ha-la”): a curse that renders its victims impotent. While he chases after witch doctors and soothsayers in search of a cure, his impotence becomes a mirror of the impotence of young African nations over-dependent on white technology.

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Karmen Geï

Joseph Gai Ramaka, Senegal, 2001, 82 min

Director: Joseph Gaï Ramaka
Country: Senegal
Year: 2001
Running Time: 82 min
Language: French and Wolof with English subtitles

Prosper Merimée’s novella, adapted in Bizet’s celebrated opera, has already received 52 film interpretations, yet Karmen Geï is the first African Carmen and, arguably, the first African filmed “musical.” Accordingly, Gaï Ramaka has completely replaced Bizet’s score and the usual staging with indigenous Senegalese music and choreography. Like every Carmen, Karmen Geï is about the conflict between infinite desire for freedom and the laws, conventions, languages, the human limitations which constrain that desire. Since this is an African Carmen, freedom necessarily has a political dimension. The opening scene is set in a women’s prison on Gorée Island, site of the notorious slave castle. Karmen and the women in the prison use dance and music as a weapon of resistance against dehumanizing regimentation as has so often been the case throughout the African Diaspora.

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Faat Kiné

Ousmane Sembène, Senegal, 2001, 121 min.

Director: Ousmane Sembène
Country: Senegal
Year: 2001
Running Time: 121 min.
Language: French and Wolof

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Sembène tackles the question of women’s lives in contemporary Dakar, Senegal’s bustling capital. It’s a warm, often funny story of a single mother, her two children, two ex-husbands, aged mother and assorted friends. Faat Kine, the manager of a sparkling new gas station, drives an elegant car, lunches with fashionable friends, and worries about her children passing their high school finals. But Sembène contextualizes his heroine’s thoroughly modern triumphs and anxieties culturally and politically in a Dakar that has shantytowns as well as high-rises, streets crowded with cattle as well as Mercedes, and women whose lives have been shaped by tribal custom and male prejudice as much as by their ambitions.

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Touba

Director: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Countries: Senegal / USA
Year: 2013
Running Time: 83 min.
Language: Wolof

Touba chronicles the Grand Magaal pilgrimage of one million Sufi Muslims to the holy city of Touba, Senegal. This observational film takes us inside the Mouride Brotherhood, one of Africa’s most elusive organizations.