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La Pirogue

Year: 2012
Production Country: Senegal-France
Directed by: Moussa Touré
Featuring: Souleymane Seye Ndiaye / Laïty Fall / Malamine Dramé ‘Yalenguen’
Running time: 87min

A beautifully shot film that blends in perfectly with the characteristic sounds of Senegal to deliver a compelling melodrama.

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Dedicated to the 5000-or-so Africans who have died trying to cross to Europe in the last decade, this recent LFF title narrates the story of a retired Senegalese fisherman who is persuaded to captain a wooden fishing boat, a pirogue, on a dangerous journey in search of a better life. Treacherous ocean conditions and the presence of a female stowaway, as well as encounters with other desperate refugees, add to the tension in this epic drama. Followed by discussion.

Tickets £5

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