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Senegal, France, 2005

Programmed by Pascale Paulat, Christophe Postic

French, Wolof

French, English

Filmmaker in focus


Comment dire la folie, exprimer la souffrance ? En 1994, alors qu’elle-même basculait dans la maladie, Khady Sylla, la réalisatrice, rencontre Aminta Ngom qui exhibait alors sa folie librement. Elle devint sa fenêtre sur le monde. Aujourd’hui, Khady rend visite à Aminta, qui vit recluse dans sa cour familiale. Effet de miroir, en réalisant ce film, la réalisatrice procède à sa propre thérapie.

Tënk's opinion

Khady Sylla hatched the idea of a film about her own mental illness while on a writing residency on the island of Gorée in Senegal. French producer Sophie Salbot took on the project, won over by the character and concept, and developed it into the brilliant "Une Fenêtre Ouverte". Charlie Van Damne, who began the shoot as camera operator, ended up as co-director with Sylla, taking on the same role for her following film "Le Monologue de la Muette", an unsparing portrait of the conditions suffered by female servants in Senegal.  Sylla died in 2013, leaving a small but profound body of work.

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