Soukey is just taking her final exams at a secondary school in Dakar when she learns that her father has chosen a better fate for her: She is to become the third wife of the old director of a peanut factory, the very elegant Mr. Gueye. Soukey refuses and runs off. Her friends decide to foil the plan. When Soukey meets a young lawyer from Paris, it is love at first sight. And when, in addition, Mr. Gueye is arrested for getting rich too quickly, Soukey is beside herself for joy. Only her parents are in the depths of despair. But the young people forgive them and force them to follow Farandole, which also leads to Gueye’s release. „With Jean-Claude Carrière and Peter Brook, we thought it would be fascinating to transpose this musical comedy, performed at the Café de la Danse in Paris, to a natural setting and to film it as a ‚live‘ happening. It was an attempt to conciliate a stage production with street theatre, a theatre of the wind, sun and sea, respecting the elementary rules of documentary film-making: to shoot only one take per frame, with no rehearsal, leaving a door open for the ‚wind of events‘“. Jean Rouch and Tam-Sir Doueb Senegal/F 1988 Regie: Jean Rouch 70 min, 16mm, Farbe, französiche OmU


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Des Étoiles

 Sophie has finally made it to Turin. She has left Dakar to join her husband. But when she arrives at the apartment, Abdoulaye has already left for New York with a friend. In New York, his only place to go to is Sophie’s aunt’s whom Abdoulaye does not really want to bother, as he fears she will give him trouble for leaving Sophie in Turin. When he finally decides to visit Mamy Fall’s shop, the aunt and her 19-year-old son have already left for Dakar.   F/SEN 2013 Regie: Dyana Gaye 88 min, Colour, DCP, Original with German subtitles


Burial of a Christian political activist in a Muslim cemetary forces a conflict imbued with religious fervor. A satiric portrayal of religion and politics, sometimes humorous, sometimes deadly serious. Senegal/F/Ger 1992 Regie: Ousmane Sembène 105 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT IFFI 1998 (Publikumspreis)

La Pirogue

A pirogue is a simple type of ship, a logboat, which is actually used for fishing. In LA PIROGUE it plays a decisive role as it is supposed to bring a group of Africans over the Canaries to the assumed paradise Europe. However, the crossing turns out to be a life endangering challenge. Politically motivated, the drama brings into focus what goes on on the boat itself and gives the viewer an understanding of the inconvenient events – more than he/she might want to. Senegal/France/Germany 2012 Regie: Moussa Touré 87 min, DCP, Farbe, OmeU


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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


A murder investigation frames the background for narrating the story of Madame Brouette – a strong woman, who is dedicated to make a living for herself and her daughter in some poor neighbourhood in Dakar. Flash-backs develop the events which lead to the murder of the police man Naago, who was also her boyfriend and lover. Neighbours comment on her life and her good character – did she really murder Naago? Senegal/F/CND 2002 Regie: Moussa Sene Absa 104 min, 35 mm, Farbe, wolof-franz. OF mit engl. UT Silberner Bär für die beste Musik, Berlinale 2003


Six girls escape from an African ceremony of female circumcision. Two flee to the city while Collé Ardo Gallo Sy, one of the wives of a village tribesman, takes four in. Collé puts the spell of Moolaadé, protection, over the girls, to keep them safe. Senegal/F 2004 Regie: Ousmane Sembène 120 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT Un certain regard, Cannes 2004


A story about people defeated by personal weakness, about shattering love, jealousy, male and female power, an adaptation of the novel by Senegalese writer Mbissane Ngom, shot in its authentic setting on the Atlantic coast in a small fishing village. „My concern was to show ordinary life and the supernatural existing together. Above all, I was interested in the fact that personalities are not determined for once and all.“ (Mansour Sora Wade) Senegal/F 2001 Regie: Mansour Sora Wade 90 min, 35mm, Farbe, Wolof OmU


„Held” des Films ist ein sogenannter Car Rapide, ein in vielen afrikanischen Städten populärer Kleinbus, häufig in abenteuerlichem Zustand, mit dem sich nicht nur Menschen über unwegsame Straßen transportieren lassen, sondern in und auf dem auch Haustiere Platz finden. Ein „Train à Grande Vitesse” (TGV) ist der klapprige Bus, der zwischen Dakar im Senegal und Conakry in Guinea verkehrt, wahrlich nicht. Dafür heißt sein Chauffeur Rambo und ist ausgestattet mit unerschütterlicher Zuversicht und grenzenlosem Selbstvertrauen. Die Warnung des Militärs vor aufständischen Stämmen entlang seiner Route schlägt er in den Wind. Es findet sich auch eine kleine bunte Reisegesellschaft, die das Wagnis mitmacht: ein soeben aus dem Amt gejagter Finanzminister und seine Ehefrau, ein Drogendealer, eine Frau auf der Flucht vor der Polygamie, zwei miteinander konkurrierende Schamanen, eine selbstbewußte junge Städterin. Als ein französisches Forscherpaar, das mit einer Karte aus dem 18.Jhdt. reist, an Bord kommt, ist der Mikrokosmos perfekt. „Reisegesellschaft” wird in TGV zu einer Metapher für den Auf- und Umbruch der afrikanischen Gesellschaft. Das Road-Movie führt auf eine Reise durch ein Land, dessen soziales Gefüge seine Dynamik oft aus den scheinbar unüberbrückbaren Gegensätzen von Tradition und Moderne, von archaischen Lebensformen und Hightech bezieht. Jede der mitreisenden Personen repräsentiert einen besonderen Aspekt dieser Gesellschaft. Und dabei hat man es mit einer raffinierten Geschichte zu tun, die charmant mit Versatzstücken aus Komödie, Tragödie und Melodrama jongliert, untermalt von der schnörkellosen und beeindruckenden Musik Wasis Diops – „einer der unterhaltsamsten und klügsten Filme aus Afrika”, sagt Michael Lang. Moussa Touré: „Ich bin ein Afrikaner und ich mache afrikanisches Kino. Aber nicht jenes […]


Paris, Paris, Paris! You’re a kind of Paradise on Earth!“ – a recording of the chansonnier Josephine Baker is running in the background, setting the tune for the desires of a young couple, Mory and Anta. They pull off one coup after another in Dakar in the 1970s to get money for two one-way-tickets into a better life in the city of lights. Yet, will they really be able to leave their home behind? Especially the formal originality of Mambety’s feature film impressed the critics of his day. However, his addressing of estrangement and self-discovery is timeless and universal.     Senegal 1973 Regie: Djibril Diop Mambéty 95 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit dt./franz. UT


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