Tuesday , September 27 2022

JCC of Carthage: Senegal's political history has provoked two documentaries



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Dais of Carthage Dais (Jcc) is an opportunity for two Senegalese documentaries in the short film titled "Kedougou" and "Silence" to resolve the issue of remembrance and politics regarding words, echo of history or instrument seized.

For 26 minutes, the first of the two documentaries in question was screened on Wednesday at the ABC cinema in Tunisia.

Returns to Senegal's political history by recording a former jail in which Senegal's former Prime Minister Mamadou Dia was imprisoned in Kedougou, the extreme southeast of Senegal.

The main film footage shows a space with pale walls, yellow and damaged, which collapses under the weight of the age. The table of the days of the visit always shows: "Wednesday – Sunday and holidays".

Mamadou Dia, whose voice is heard throughout the film, spent ten years after his life sentence in connection with political events in Senegal in December 1962.

The political crisis this year is mostly against Mamadou Dia to President Leopold Sedar Senghor, who was considered the father of Senegal's independence, marking the end of the two-seat parliamentary regime and the start of the presidential regime.

"Everything that happens to us today, our dependence could have been avoided if there was no such act of madness, selfishness on his part (Leopold Sedar Senghor) of December 1962. (…) This is something I can not forget, that I can not forgive, "the former President of the Council said after his release.

The new tenant is now collecting this prison, in the complete ignorance of this subject, which somehow conditioned the current fate of Senegal.

The entry and exit of Ibrahim Gadjiga, the tenant in question, specify the words Mamadou Dia, even if his image did not appear on the screen, and Leopold Sedar Senghora is proposed in a watermark.

Director Mamadou Khouma Guee recorded this place with a clear chance, but he does not ignore this unique story because he is a trained historian who has mastered this field at the University of Cheikh Anta Diop (Ucad) in Dakar.

In addition to speaking as an instrument of memory evocation, Guey's documentary raises the problem of heritage management, relations with the past, Senegal, and other African countries.

In addition to the documentary "Kedougou", published in 2017, the Senegalese film author has found a favorite subject that inspired "Saraba" (2017), a web-documentary devoted to migrants and the film "Penc-mi", which gives voice to the citizens.

"They are having fun seeing the movie somewhere else," says the director who talks about his participation in the JCC, the ideal forum for "Kedougou" to be seen, discussed and criticized to allow him to move forward.

"Silence", the second Senegalese short film in the race, also revolves around the word, but "it's confiscated," says its director Pope Abdoulaie Seck.

He returned for 3 minutes on the day of the vote on the sponsorship law, a revision of the electoral law adopted by the National Assembly in the climate of heavy denial.

The film insists especially on these streets emptied around the National Assembly of Senegal and the University of Dakar, by force of barricades sustained by the massive presence of force, in order to prevent any manifestation.

"This is the form of silence of people's voices, it is the feeling of an ordinary citizen," says the director.

To illustrate his point, Seck portrays him in front of the Hemicycle where a couple whose hands are bound throw a sword.

Pope Abdoulaie Seck brings peace in these moments of strong tension by reading the song of David Diop in a calm voice in contrast to the dramatic tone of the film.

"I did not want to limit myself to this activism, because it's not my role as an artist, it's about the sound of an alarm with some wanderlust," Seck says.

He says he is working on a much larger project called "Young 221", in which the director "asked the youth to understand what will be tomorrow."

A young film worker trained at the Visual Arts School in Marrakech, Morocco, already has two works on his loan, including "Sagar" (2015), the best film school at the Panfirican Cinema and Ouagadougou Television (Fespaco).

There is also "Icaar," a film dedicated to the lives of migrants in Morocco in 2018.

The third Senegalese film in the race, "Meet my father" Alassanea Diaga, is in the category of feature films Dais of Carthage Film.

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