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Tall as the Baobab Tree -- In a rural African village poised at the outer edge of the modern world, a teenage girl hatches a secret plan to rescue her 11-year-old sister from an arranged marriage.
Tall as the Baobab Tree -- The Director Jeremy Teicher describes how first meeting a group of the African teenagers - almost his own age - opened his eyes the story.


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Alpha Dia ... Sileye
Cheikh Dia ... Amady
Mboural Dia ... Mother
Mouhamed Diallo ... Father
Dior Ka ... Coumba
Oumul Ka ... Debo

Directed by
Jeremy Teicher 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alexi Pappas  co-writer
Jeremy Teicher  co-writer
Jeremy Teicher  story

Produced by
Jared Abrams .... co-producer
Mala Bawer .... executive producer
Chris Collins .... co-producer
Grey Cusack .... consulting producer
Jeremy Teicher .... producer
Original Music by
Jay Wadley 
Cinematography by
Chris Collins 
Film Editing by
Sofi Marshall 
Production Management
Mounirou Cisse .... production manager
Sound Department
Adama Ba .... sound mixer
Patrick Burgess .... dialogue editor
Papa Assane Ndiaye .... boom operator
Arjun G. Sheth .... sound editor (as Arjun Sheth)
Camera and Electrical Department
Luke Hanlein .... director of photography: second unit
Other crew
Thessa Mooij .... publicist

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Also Known As:
"Grand comme le Baobab" - Senegal (original title)
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82 min

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The film blends reality with fiction: the actors are all local villagers, and the story of the film is inspired by their lives and the experiences of their friends and family. Real-life sisters play the two main characters.See more »


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Best movie I have seen in a long time, 13 May 2014
Author: wadjet-79-52782 from United States

I am Eritrean-American and my dad and I love to watch things from Africa. We usually tour African Capital cities through YouTube. Now I wanted to put on an African movie because it is one of the few movies he would be willing to watch. He is not a Batman fan. He calls those types of movies, "exaggeration". lol that is the point. That being said, I found this movie through a Google recommendation and I just finished watching it. Let me just tell you why I love this movie. First, the people are real. I cannot believe I just watched a movie with real genuine people and it was in a film set in Africa (usually the most stereotyped people). I felt like these people were the decedents of the herders who came thousands of years before them. I was so happy to see these people and to love them in this movie. A good example of this was the brother who was calm, cared about his sisters, and had a soft voice. I was happy to see a real human being. Usually the black male is portrayed as loud, aggressive, and dominant. It also shows that Africa is a big continent, and every culture is different. Some loud some more quite. Even my dad noticed how the family spoke to each other while eating lunch "Look, they are speaking calm, they don't yell like us" The second thing I loved about this movie was the main character. The older sister. She was amazing. I don't know how to put it into words, but she was the star. I felt a lot of real emotion in this movie. It was so real, just perfect, no fake nonsense or extra made up drama, no twists and turns, just the love and problems of a family living in a traditional society.

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