Review: 'La Pirogue' And The African Struggle (Opens In NYC Tomorrow)

A vast expanse of ocean. A small boat, bobbing with uncertainty amongst looming waves. It’s an image that’s been created many times in many iterations across the cinema landscape - in Alfred Hitchcock’s Lifeboat, in The Perfect Storm, more recently in Ang Lee’s opus Life of Pi. And now, also, in Senegalese director Moussa Touré’s latest film, La Pirogue. One of the two gala screenings at the 20th edition of the African Diaspora International Film Festival (Adiff), its Us premiere last fall, La Pirogue is Touré’s third film in twenty years and, much like his sophomore effort Tgv (1998), it is a film about survival, a distinct sort of...
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