La Pirogue puts a human face to illegal immigration

La Pirogue, a film by Moussa Toure was first screened at Cannes festival today. The Director Mr. Toure and the part of the cast arrived at the venue accompanied by a man who has held the Senegalese flag for decades through his music, Youssou n’Dour.

Youssou n’Dour, one of the most popular Senegalese alive, is now the Culture minister after his failed attempt to run for presidency early this year. Before the film Toure told the audience, “with this film as a small African boy I feel I am making my mark of history.”

Moussa Toure, Film director and some of the cast at Cannes2012

La Pirogue (Shallow canoe used for fishing) in French mostly features Senegalese model, Comedian and actor Souleymane Seye Ndiaye who plays the character Baye Laye who leads a group of 30 illegal immigrants on a deadly journey across the Atlantic to Canary Islands.

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Cannes Film Festival; through my eyes

I am in Cannes for two weeks as part of a project by CFI together with other six bloggers from Madagascar, Togo, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon and Georgia to write on the film festival.

So far I have written on the films from the African continent that feature in this year’s official selection and yesterday i had a brief interview with the MD of Nigeria Film Corporation talking about Nollywood.

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