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by Jacques Sarasin


In the sixties, the people of Mali awoke each morning to the sound of Boubacar "KarKar" Traoré's voice on the radio, singing of independence. Everyone in Mali remembers having danced to his hits. But since his music was only played on the radio, he didn't earn enough money to live on and he had to stop playing music to work as a tailor and a salesman to feed his family. A few years later, he is dealt a cruel blow: his beloved wife, Pierrette dies. Disoriented, KarKar leaves for France, working in construction, and singing at weekends in the Parisian immigrant shelters that are now his home. In Mali, everybody thinks that KarKar is dead. Years later, a music producer discovers an old recording of his...

international title: Je Chanterai pour toi
original title: Je Chanterai pour toi
country: France
year: 2002
genre: fiction
directed by: Jacques Sarasin
release date: FR 25/12/2002, CH 23/04/2003, DE 18/09/2003
screenplay: Jacques Sarasin
cast: Boubacar Traoré, Ali Farka Touré, Nadieye Niang, Ballaké Sissoko, Malik Sidibé, Mamadou Sangaré, Haruna Barry, Blaise Pascal, Demba-Kané Niang, Ramata Niang
cinematography by: Stephan Oriach
film editing: Bernard Josse
music: Boubacar Traoré
production: Les Productions Faire Bleu
backing: Centre National du Cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC)
distributor: Les Films du Paradoxe, Kairos Film, Trigon Film

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