Adama is a successful scientist happily living in France and ignoring the small family he has left behind in Senegal: a grandmother and a deaf and dumb younger sister. Summoned home by an urgent message, he rediscovers a country in chaos. Shockingly, his sister is caught up in prostitution and entangled in a gangster lifestyle. Adama’s instinct is to punish his sister but he soon goes after the gang leader with grim consequences. L’ABSENCE depicts Senegal with all its contradictions so we see horrible violence as well as sweet friendship.

Senegal/F 2008
Regie: Mama Keïta
84 min, 35mm, Farbe; OF mit engl. UT
Fespaco 2009

2009, Archive, Feature Film, Fiction Film Competition, International Competition

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