student films from the documentary master's degree in st-louis du senegal


Benen guiss guiss (Another look)

Directed by Oliver Téko Tanzafo (Cameroon) - 2017, 20 minutes

The meeting with the young Fatou Codou, the only woman mechanic in the city of Saint-Louis in Senegal aroused in me an enormous curiosity. And exploring her life as a woman and as a mechanic, I discover that there is a world where women choose other paths to integrate into society. They are where they are not expected. That it is possible to have another look at these women whose activities are still limited to certain given spaces.

Woven treasure

Directed by Mireille Niyonsaba (Senegal) - 2017, 26 minutes

Woven loincloths of African origin seem to be going by the wayside, as Africans adopt foreign loincloths such as wax and basin. I decided to go out and meet those who still have attachment to the traditions of these loincloths woven locally, to understand the value and the social and symbolic function of these loincloths. But what about the transmission of generational know-how for the survival of this fragile heritage? Can this textile be an excellent carrier from an economic point of view? We compare this traditional loincloth with the Wax ...

Pulaagu, chronicle of an uprooted Fulani

Directed by Oumar Ba (Senegal) - 2017, 30 minutes

I am only the shadow of a Fulani! It's the truth ! I want to learn what makes me a Peul, I'm going in search of my pulaagu. In Todé, I become part of a Fulani family, the KA family, to find and retrieve what I left behind. I learn there and initiate myself to be me: a true Peul not a Peul "gallé".


Directed by Ousemane Samassékou (Mali) - 2017, 26 minutes

“M'balax is the most popular traditional music from Senegal. At thirty-nine, Khadim always dreamed of releasing a M'balax album with his group. He tells us his story and plunges us into the heart of the melodious and festive atmosphere of Saint Louis. By drawing his portrait, between his jewelery work and his artistic dream, I am going to discover the different voices he exegetes and construct stories with snippets of his songs. ”

Sunu Biir (Ourselves)

Directed by Yannick N'Tifafa Glikou (Togo) - 2017, 20 minutes

“M'balax is the most popular traditional music from Senegal. At thirty-nine, Khadim always dreamed of releasing a M'balax album with his group. He tells us his story and plunges us into the heart of the melodious and festive atmosphere of Saint Louis. By drawing his portrait, between his jewelery work and his artistic dream, I am going to discover the different voices he exegetes and construct stories with snippets of his songs. ”

The Scream

Directed by Mamadou Moustapha Sangare (Senegal) - 2017, 30 minutes

“The Aminata Mbaye Center in Saint-Louis welcomes children with Down's syndrome and autism. I immerse myself in the center and in the lives of these children to see how they build an imagination and a social life through all the activities they carry out. As time passes, I realize that it is the gaze that has to change for their place in society to change. ”

None tubipfe! (My identity)

Directed by Diane Kaneza (Burundi) - 2017, 20 minutes
There is in Senegal and throughout West Africa a plurality of ethnic groups, themselves subdivided into different castes. But what is astonishing is the ease with which, in this region, we exchange between ethnic groups. The simplicity and humor with which we approach the ethnic question in this part of Africa won me over. Because deep down, I want my country, Burundi, torn apart by cyclical ethnic wars, to be able to live in peace.


Directed by Mirabelle Bandzouzi-Kifouani

(Burundi) - 2017, 20 minutes

Ousmane is 40 years old. He is a paraplegic and a tourist guide on his horse-drawn carriage in Saint-Louis, Senegal. Despite the decline in tourist activity, he is keen to make his dream come true: to go to Europe!



Directed by Laurent Agnikoi Bitty (Ivory Coast) - 2016, 17 minutes

72-year-old Kane Balla lives in Saint-Louis. He has a farm in the Sanar district, near the Gaston Berger University. In this farm, he conducts experiments in the field of agriculture and fish farming in the hope of contributing his stone to the building of an independent Africa.

The Horse, Malick and Me

Directed by Bawa Kadade Riba (Niger) - 2016, 16 minutes
The horse is considered a noble animal in almost all societies. However, this nobility is perceived differently across the world. Based on the experience of the Nigerien horse, the author confronts his gaze with that of a Senegalese on the condition of the Saint-Louis horse.

Forced Exile

Directed by Abdellahi Dia (Mauritania) - 2016, 26 minutes

Following the painful events that took place between Senegal and Mauritania in April 1989, several thousand Negro-Mauritanians were forcibly displaced to Senegal, which hosted them in refugee camps. These displacements created family fractures and unprecedented suffering. 26 years later, I take advantage of my stay in Senegal to visit Ablay Diop, the president of the SOS refugees association and founder of the Yontii movement which means in Peulh “it's time”.

The third void

Directed by Eddy Munyaneza (Burundi) - 2016, 26 minutes

When Pierre Nkurunziza, Burundian president, announces in April 2015 his desire to run for a third term, Eddy Munyanez takes his camera to film the popular reaction: the Burundians take to the streets, entire families flee the country to escape repression. The director's commitment weakens his relationship, breaks up his family. Munyanez, he is a refugee in Senegal, far from his family, caught with his images of violence in Burundi. This mandate is for the people only synonymous with a third void.

The Absence

Directed by Hawa Aliou N'Diaye (Mali) - 2016, 8 minutes

My father spent his entire retreat within the four walls of the mosque. He has moved away from the family. I rarely saw him at home. His absence disturbed my childhood. Today he's gone, but I feel like his spirit haunts me everywhere I go. I see it in every old man I meet. Is it due because he was absent that his spirit is present? How to build this woman's life?

Talaatay Nder

Directed by Chantal GM Durpoix (Senegal) - 2016, 20 minutes

“Talaatay Nder” means in Wolof “Tuesday of Nder”. On Tuesday March 7, 1820, the women of Nder, a village of Linguères (queens) of the rich province of Walo took up arms to fight against the oppressor. To escape slavery, they set themselves on fire, thereby asserting their freedom and dignity. A poetic tribute to the women of Nder which is woven into this story and updates it with their heritage which is passed down through the generations.

Ousmane Camara, a memory of Saint-Louis

Directed by Sékou Oumar Sidibé (Burkina) - 2016, 18 minutes

Ousmane Camara, born in 1917 in Saint-Louis, Senegal, talks about his experience in this city which is closely linked to him. From her childhood, going back through her school and professional background, Camara shows her love for teaching.


Closed territories

Collective film (Senegal) - 2015, 48 minutes

In Saint-Louis in Senegal, widowhood is a fairly complex sphere of life where the protagonists live and share this void differently. Practicing various trades, they fill this absence through places, objects full of meaning and memory. To seize this void, we go to the discovery of the experience of the ordeal of the mourning of our characters in a reconstruction where they make us relive this feeling of anguish. Ismaila, Cravalho, N'dèye Coura, Mme Laam, Djénéba all lost their spouse. For them, life came to a halt. Somehow, in their everyday life, they set out to overcome this ordeal.

A test of endurance

Directed by Abdel Kader Ndiaye (Senegal) - 2015, 23 minutes

I am intrigued by the attitude of some old people who persist in working despite their old age. I wonder why, because I have always believed that old age was a time of rest, serenity and enjoyment of his youthful efforts, what troubles them and what makes them agitated so much. What do they hope for by adopting this attitude? I will discover it through the daily work of five old people including: a farm worker, a craftsman making rosaries, a repairman of radios, a blacksmith and a carter.

Knowledge transmitted

Directed by Annael Grâal Biampandou (Congo) - 2015, 26 minutes

On the banks of the Barbary Tongue in Guet Ndar, between river and ocean, Father Mbaye, master carpenter, practices the construction of canoes. A precise and dangerous profession and know-how which has been passed on for generations. Knowing transmitted plunges us into the construction of a canoe where Sène Mbaye, a future 9-year-old carpenter follows his father's teaching. An occasion through which family ties are woven and consolidated through signs, codes, gestures, the words of teacher-student, father-son.

The Metal Cart

Directed by Ata Messan Koffi (Senegal) - 2015, 27 minutes

Saint-Louis, Senegal. Meissa Fall is a man with a destiny linked to metal, a true mechanical creative genius, who recycles bicycles into works of art, loaded with meaning and symbols. In a psycho-spiritual relationship with metal, Meissa leads us through it in an experience of image and sound, in a journey into the imagination of masks.

Once upon a time there was a Ngemb

Directed by Carolle Adriana Ahodekon (Senegal) - 2015, 18 minutes

Formerly, a seasonal activity practiced at the end of the harvest, traditional Senegalese wrestling has over time evolved into a kind of business, since the introduction of wrestling with strikes with its share of drifts. This film is a story of the struggle, from its origins to its present with its appearances of modernity. A foray into a world of mysticism, body energy, in all its cultural and folkloric dimension.

Damu, deep feeling

Directed by Hama Yalcouye (Mali) - 2015, 26 minutes

In the 19th century, Bambaras from Mali settled in Saint-Louis to escape slavery and inter-village conflicts. Beyond, the colonists contributed to the arrival of this ethnic group. Over time, the Bambaras experience a linguistic and cultural loss with their host area, Senegal. In order to preserve this memory, they undertake collective and individual initiatives to perpetuate the heritage left by their ancestors. Through the story and the struggle of Soda, Salif, and Djibril, the film is a discovery, a quest for Damou to touch the “deep feeling” of belonging to this Bambara community.


How to mourn

Directed by Allamine Kader (Chad) - 2014, 26 minutes

Hissène Habré, the former Chadian president has been living in exile in Dakar since the fall of his regime in 1990 which left more than 40.000 dead, including Kader Allamine's father. The director has never seen his body or his grave and cannot mourn it. During his study stay in Senegal, he lives in the same country as the former head of state who has been awaiting his judgment for more than 20 years.


Journey to Hope

Directed by Thierno Souleymane Diallo (Guinea) - 2013, 26 minutes

In 1958, Guinea said “No” to France. Its people have been waiting for a better tomorrow for fifty-five years. In Saint-Louis of Senegal, in a car, on these roads which tend towards infinity, by stopping at a bus station, at the train station, at the airport ... I am looking for the path that leads to hope . I revisit the past of my country through the speeches of various politicians. Questioning the present with the daily life of a Guinean exile Sadou Barry who thinks he has found hope in the cultivation of onions ...


Directed by Charlotte Greneche (France, Senegal) - 2013, 26 minutes

Having the future read in cowries is a common thing in Senegal. After having used it, we dive back into real life, to see how the predilections are realized.

On the shore

Directed by Mariama Sy (Senegal) - 2013, 26 minutes

The daily work and the economic problems of fishermen on the shore of the Senegal River in Saint-Louis: in the Langue de Barbarie, this corner of land squeezed between the Senegal River and the Atlantic, the dangers of the sea and the whirlpools in the “Breach”, the brazen competition of foreign trawlers who overturn the canoes, the meager income and the tough negotiation of market women on the price of fish…

It's possible

Directed by Amina Weira (Niger) - 2013, 26 minutes

uelack, a village in the middle of a desert area which centers all its activity around a farm founded by a group of young Fulani herders with the aim of helping the inhabitants of their village. Today, this farm is full of enormous potential and projects through the activities that are practiced there a better future for the inhabitants of this village, especially young people. The sun rises in Guelack, the birds chirp, the rooster crows, the sheep bleat. The inhabitants get down to feeding and milking the animals, to cultivate, to build… With Ousmane Sow, the president of the group, we go from one building to another to discover this village not quite like the others .


Boly Bane

Directed by Rosalie Bessini (Cameroon, Senegal) - 2012, 26 minutes

Boly is a former illegal immigrant from the Spanish Islands. He returned home to GuetNdar after an unsuccessful adventure. There he scrutinized the sanitation plans for Spanish towns that he memorized. Today Boly wants to apply them to his native GuetNdar, whose primary characteristics are insalubrity and promiscuity. Cloistered at home, he draws sanitation plans all day long. My team and I follow him in his dream; because for some members of his entourage Boly is a madman.

Touch of life

Directed by Elzévie Pascale Touloulou Moundélé (Congo) - 2012, 22 minutes

At over thirty years old, I take stock and I see that the world is a gigantic prison, made up of constraints. Men are therefore the inmates of this prison. They live the routine day by day. I walk the streets of Saint-Louis in Senegal, to bring out everyone's experience.

Takkaay, our jewelry

Directed by Bintou Fanta Coly (Mali) - 2012, 14 minutes

Takkaay - Nos bijoux ”tells the story of two jewelers, Bouh and Cheikh Mbacké, who make jewelry in gold, silver and copper. They even make adornments with elephant hair braided with silver; bracelets with plastic pipes, sheep horns and knife breaks with ebony wood that they garnish with silver. Despite the difficulties they encounter in terms of supply and sale of their works of art, they still continue to carry out this work with love and determination. They are married and belong to a jeweler caste family. They have been practicing this profession for more than ten years and fight every day to improve aesthetically their creation.


Aïda the butcher

Directed by Rakia Laminou Kader (Niger, Senegal) - 2011, 14 minutes

Aïda opens her canteen, sets up her meat as well as her work equipment, cuts and bones it, and wisely awaits the arrival of her regular customers as well as strangers. This profession is a heritage from his family. The sale of meat is an activity practiced by men, but Aïda pursues, with all the physical strength that it requires, without any harm, in the footsteps of her parents.


One people, one bus, one faith

Directed by Simplice Ganou (Burkina Faso, Senegal) - 2010, 33 minutes

The “fast bus” is what can be called the city's bush taxi. Symbols of Senegal, these orange, blue and white vans are rolling works of art. These are at the origin of vehicles of the Renault, Saviem or Voltigeur brand dating from the sixties, the age of Senegal's independence ...

Faidherbe and Mame Coumba

Directed by Ndeye Soukeynatou Diop (Senegal) - 2010, 30 minutes

The great arm of the St. Louis river, inhabited by the genius Mame Coumba Bang and her family, has carried the Faidherbe Bridge for 112 years, forming with it the emblem of the city. This bridge is now in ruins. It no longer guarantees safety in its crossing, which explains the presence of the Faidherbe Bridge rehabilitation site and this new bridge which is being born next to the old one.

Saint-Louis 350 destroy avenue

Directed by Bilaly Konaté (Mali) - 2010, 17 minutes

Through, the story of a cataloging work of a museum object, he tells the story of a poor preservation of memory in a city only 350 years old and thus poses the whole question of the rebirth of peoples. without memory.


The price of blood

Directed by Anne Elisabeth Ngo Minka (Cameroon) - 2010, 26 minutes

For not having bled the first time I had sex, my boyfriend accused me at the time of lying to him by telling him that I was a virgin. My film questions a concept, or rather an abstraction: virginity! How is it perceived? To represent it, I use symbols and voices… And because this question is at the center of several religions, I question Islam and Catholicism, but also tradition and the scientific point of view. ” (Anne Elisabeth Ngo Minka)


Face to face

Directed by Mame Woury Thioubou (Senegal) - 2009, 16 minutes

All my childhood I suffered from my physical appearance. Others thought I was ugly and told me so. Also, Saint-Louis has always crystallized my childhood dreams. Today that I am in this city of charm, beauty and elegance, I put my camera down. It is to question the beauty of women.

For them

Directed by Ndeye Souna Dieye (Senegal) - 2009, 17 minutes

This film documents the life and survival strategies developed here at home by a mass of the population. He shares this constant battle for survival through the practice of small activities in which people find day to day some means of subsistence. Small activities certainly, not requiring a certain level of education, but by which, people fight to live and to support others. In short, a way out of poverty with dignity.


Our capital bread

Directed by El Hadj Sani Magori (Niger) - 2008, 13 minutes

In the streets of Saint-Louis in Senegal, Sani Elhadj Magori, a Master 2 student at Gaston Berger University, focuses on filming the food chain that revolves around bread, from its manufacture to the black market that irrigates begging networks.

Do you eat the rice of the valley?

Directed by Mamounata Nikiema (Burkina Faso) - 2008, 10 minutes

In the culinary and food tradition of Senegal, rice occupies a central place. But the rice that the Senegalese eat comes from elsewhere. Mamounata Nikiema, by filming the stages of this consumption, is doing documentary work on the issue of food self-sufficiency.

Pa Djiadji

Directed by Simon-Pierre Bell (Senegal, France, Cameroon) - 2008, 10 minutes
Pa Diadji passionately trains young handball players despite a heavy physical handicap. Portrait of an unusual sportsman whose strength comes from the flame that animates him.

The city's protective genius

Directed by Laurentine Bayala (Burkina Faso) - 2008, 7 minutes

The portrait of a very popular radio host in Saint-Louis, Senegal.

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