Film Year: 2019
Locations: France, Senegal, Belgium
Film Length: 104 min.
Director: Mati Diop
Featuring: Mama Sané, Amadou Mbow, Ibrahima Traoré, Nicole Sougou, Amina Kane, Mariama Gassama, Coumba Dieng, Ibrahima Mbaye, Diankou Sembene
In a suburb of Dakar, Senegal, many souls have been lost to the sea in an attempt to flee the country for a better life. The construction workers on a futuristic tower have not been paid for months and attempt to take the journey in search of that brighter future. A young man named Suleiman is among them, lover of Ada, who is betrothed to another man. Days after the abrupt disappearance, a mysterious fire breaks out at Ada’s bridal bed as a strange fever begins to spread. This supernatural romance is a contemporary fable grounded in important messages, shot elegantly to display the complexity of characters that don’t often get to see the light of day. Introduction by Alison Levine (UVA), discussion with Kandioura Dramé (UVA) and Alison Levine, moderated by Iana Dontcheva (VAFF)
Newcomb Hall Theatre