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LITTLE SENEGAL

by Rachid Bouchareb

synopsis

After many years as a tourist guide in the Slave museum in Senegal, Alloune, 65, a widower living alone, decides to go to America in search of his ancestors, taken as y from the village 200 years ago and sold as slaves in the New World. From Charleston to Little Senegal, New York, Alloune searches for his ancestors but also for an ideal vision of an African family, only to discover a strong ostracism between African and Afro-American communities. He is embodied by his nephew Hassan, a cab driver and his girlfriend Biram, an African with modern views of love and mariage; and Ida an older woman, faced with seeing her pregnant granddaughter destroyed by drugs and life on the street.

international title: Little Senegal
original title: Little Senegal
country: France, Germany
year: 2001
genre: fiction
directed by: Rachid Bouchareb
film run: 98'
release date: FR 18/04/2001, NL 13/09/2001, BE 07/11/2001, ES 15/03/2002, DE 04/07/2002
screenplay: Rachid Bouchareb, Olivier Lorelle
cast: Sotigui Kouyate, Sharon Hope, Roschdy Zem, Karim Koussein-Traoré, Adatoro Makinde, Adja Diarra, Malaaika Lacario, Deen Badarou, Ismail Bashey
cinematography by: Benoît Chamaillard, Youcef Sahraoui
film editing: Sandrine Deegen
costumes designer: Pierre Matard
music: Safy Boutella
producer: Jean Bréhat, Rachid Bouchareb
production: 3B Productions, Taunus Film (DE)
distributor: Tadrart Films
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