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27'

Switzerland, Senegal, 2021

Original music : Hadrien Hepp Production : HEAD - Genève

Programmed by Lysa Heurtier Manzanares

French, Wolof

French, English


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Synopsis


Heroine of the Senegalese resistance during French colonisation, Aline Sitoé Diatta still remains a mythical figure today. A young filmmaker returns to her home in Dakar to bring her story to life once again in a film that constantly reinvents itself, through a joyous and adventurous approach that freely takes on the appearance of fiction.

Tënk's opinion


Somewhere between drama and documentary, investigation and fantasy, Rokhaya Marieme Balde directs herself and mixes up genres in an unusual ode to Aline Sitoé Diatta. We’re taken on a journey through the past of this woman, the director's great-great aunt, who opposed the French colonists in the early 1940s and, it seems, also had the gift of being able to make rain fall. After being deported to Mali, where she died at the age of 24, Aline Sitoé Diatta’s name became synonymous with anti-colonial resistance in Senegal. This kaleidoscopic – and, at times, disconcerting – portrait conveys all the dissenting energy of its main character who was the same age as the director when she made this film, but it also conveys the sweetness of the dreams and digressions often harboured by iconic figures.

 

 

Lysa Heurtier Manzanares
Director

 

 

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