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LITTLE SENEGAL

France / Germany / Algeria, 2000 (MIFF 2001, International Panorama)

Director: Rachid Bouchareb

In Little Senegal, French-Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb, finds simple, human terms to explore the dark legacy of violence and broken families created by American slavery. The film traces the historical itinerary of Africans forced into slavery in the New World, Its hero, 65-year-old widower Alloune, has worked for years in a slave museum on the Senegalese island of Goree. After retiring, Alloune goes to America to trace ancestors who were abducted centuries earlier from his native village. His journey takes him first to South Carolina, later ending up in New York. Alloune stays with his nephew Karim and locates Ida—a woman who runs a newsstand. Convinced she is his cousin, he approaches her but she mistakenly believes he is applying for a job. Realizing this, Alloune decides to take the job and get to know her better before revealing the nature of his journey to America. The growing friendship that turns to love between Alloune and Ida explores the development of bonds. Nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear at this year's Berlin Film Festival 'Steady, crisp cinematography and an occasional jazz score are among the highlights.'—Hollywood Reporter. Official selection at 2001 Berlin Film Festival

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