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La pirogue (2012)

A group of African men leave Senegal in a pirogue captained by a local fisherman to undertake the treacherous crossing of the Atlantic to Spain where they believe better lives and prospects are waiting for them.

Director:

Moussa Touré

Writers:

Abasse Ndione (novel), Éric Névé (scenario and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Souleymane Seye Ndiaye ... Baye Laye
Laïty Fall Laïty Fall ... Lansana
Malaminé 'Yalenguen' Dramé Malaminé 'Yalenguen' Dramé ... Abou
Balla Diarra Balla Diarra ... Samba
Salif 'Jean' Diallo Salif 'Jean' Diallo ... Barry
Babacar Oualy Babacar Oualy ... Kaba
Mame Astou Diallo Mame Astou Diallo ... Nafy
Saikou Lô Saikou Lô ... Yaya
Ngalgou Diop Ngalgou Diop ... Aziz
Limamou Ndiaye Limamou Ndiaye ... Richard
Diodio Ndiaye Diodio Ndiaye ... Kiné
Mohamed Fall Mohamed Fall ... Mor
Bassirou Diakhate Bassirou Diakhate ... Bourbi (as Bachirou Diakhate)
Moctar Diop Moctar Diop ... Ousmane (as Moctar 'Tino' Diop)
Alioune Ndiaye Alioune Ndiaye ... Bouba
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A group of African men leave Senegal in a pirogue captained by a local fisherman to undertake the treacherous crossing of the Atlantic to Spain where they believe better lives and prospects are waiting for them.

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based on novel | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama

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Details

Country:

France | Senegal | Germany

Language:

French | Wolof | Spanish

Release Date:

23 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pirogue See more »

Filming Locations:

Dakar, Senegal See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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African Boat People feature
22 August 2012 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

Convincing and involving account of an Africa to Spain, week long ocean crossing attempt. We see the recruiting, preparation and motivation of the participants. The "People Smugglers" are not presented as heavies and the boat people are not shown as flawless innocents, which adds to conviction. Incidents pick out the humanity of the participants. Telling scenes like passing another becalmed Pirogue, the theft of the panic victim's chicken or the dignified group leader telling his associate not to eat the standard gift sandwich.

Interesting the amount of worthwhile film coming out of the former French colonies, while the British seem to have a much less significant output.


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