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A young boy from a rural Senegalese village goes to the capital Dakar to see his idol, French actor Seydou Tall.

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Philippe Godeau

Writers:

Philippe Godeau (screenplay), Agnès de Sacy (screenplay)
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Omar Sy ... Seydou Tall
Lionel Louis Basse Lionel Louis Basse ... Yao
Fatoumata Diawara ... Gloria
Germaine Acogny Germaine Acogny ... Tanam
Alibeta Alibeta ... Taximan
Gwendolyn Gourvenec ... Laurence Tall
Abdoulaye Diop Abdoulaye Diop ... Ibra
Ismaël Charles Amine Saleh Ismaël Charles Amine Saleh ... Demba
Mame Fatou Ndoye Mame Fatou Ndoye ... Oumy
Aristote Laios Aristote Laios ... Nathan
Aboubacar Dramé Aboubacar Dramé ... Le père de Yao
Amadou Diop Amadou Diop ... Rabatteur bus Kanel
Dior Diouf Dior Diouf ... La petite soeur de Yao
Christophe Bigot Christophe Bigot ... Ambassadeur de France
Fatimata Kane Fatimata Kane ... Gendarme barrage
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From his village in northern Senegal, Yao is a 13-year-old boy ready to do anything to meet his hero: Seydou Tall, a famous French actor. Invited to Dakar to promote his new book, the latter goes to his country of origin for the first time. To fulfill his dream, the young Yao organizes his fugue and brave 387 kilometers alone to the capital. Touched by this child, the actor decides to flee his obligations and to accompany him home. But on the dusty and uncertain roads of Senegal, Seydou understands that while rolling towards the village of the child, it also rolls towards its roots. Written by Pathé

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A film and a cultural entertainment
17 October 2020 | by esteban1747See all my reviews

Not many people know Sub-Saharan Western Africa, its way of living and thinking. They live in poverty, families with few resources to be able to eat the bare minimum daily, even so, they have what is called resilience. Adapted to the evils left by centuries of colonial domination, to which the corruption and inefficiency of many of their authorities are added. The families somehow achieve a balance of life, which leaves them time to enjoy some little things.

Watching this film was like remembering previously seen realities by me. The film is presented as a fable with its well-added ingredients from the customs of the ethnic groups that make up Senegal. All is about a trip of famous actor of Senegalese origin to the land of his ancestors, and a child from a village in northern part of the country, who due to his sympathies to the actor decides to travel with no means to the capital with the sole objective of meeting the artist. From the meeting, unexpected or unknown events begin to occur for the actor, a man who was actually unaware of the culture of his ancestors.

The film reflects the hospitality of its people, the free way of living, not very given to worrying much about time, also the evil that is generated in some to deceptively obtain what they do not have, the behavior of the police, local beliefs, their rhythms. A film made with many truthful bits of the everyday.

Yao is a cultural entertainment, which takes the viewer into a country, where several ethnic groups live and about seven local languages are spoken, in addition to French, the official language.


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Country:

France | Senegal

Language:

French

Release Date:

23 January 2019 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Il viaggio di Yao See more »

Filming Locations:

Senegal

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$4,017,253
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1.85 : 1
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