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Little Senegal (2001)

 |  Drama  |  18 April 2001 (France)
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After many years of having worked as a tour guide at the Senegalese slave museum, Alloune decides to go to America in search of his ancestors. They were taken away from his village 200 years ago and sold as slaves in the New World.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sotigui Kouyaté ...
Alloune
Sharon Hope ...
Ida
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Karim
Karim Traoré ...
Hassan (as Karim Koussein Traoré)
Adetoro Makinde ...
Amaralis
Adja Diarra ...
Biram
Malaaika Lacario ...
Eileen
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Customer
Ismail Bashey ...
Foreman
Moctar Teyeb ...
Imam
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Girl
David Langston Smyrl ...
Landlord
Ahmed Ben Larby ...
Shop Owner
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Westley
Cheryl L. Williams ...
American Woman (as Cheryl L. Williams Name)
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After many years of having worked as a tour guide at the Senegalese slave museum, Alloune decides to go to America in search of his ancestors. They were taken away from his village 200 years ago and sold as slaves in the New World.

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very honest, modest, counter-Hollywood style and held-back film
28 April 2006 | by (Earth, Solar system) – See all my reviews

Little Senegal has this very sparse style, about a Senegalese man searching for the descendants of his enslaved family, 300 years later. Especially the beginning of the film, with all the old white Southerners is reminiscent of the Golden Age of American cinema, the Seventies ('They shoot horses, don't they?', 'Lolly-Madonna' etc.)

The film also belies the Western image of Africans as overly emotional. I mean, if this is emotional, God spare us a RESERVED African filmmaker! ;) j/k.

It's so refreshing to watch a film and not hear a constant jitter of back ground music, aiming for music-CD sales. I guess that 75 percent of this film doesn't have ANY music whatsoever. This film respects the viewer, and doesn't waste time with showing scenes that aren't really necessary. In your average Hollywood flic, you would have seen scenes that would be about the main characters not understanding each other, and conflict-scenes. Not so in this one. We jump from scene to scene, while everybody harmonically agrees.

In the middle of the film, Alloune (Sotigui Kouyaté) finds happiness with Ida (Shareon Hope). It's maybe unkind to say, but he looks a lot worse when he's happy and he has a big smile.

Apparently, I'm not the only one who thinks that this film is a gem, TEN WINS? Well done.


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