“50 years of independence. They promised us happiness and prosperity. Nowadays young Africans climb into simple wooden boats, they cross the desert and the sea towards Eldorado.” Why? What are the deeper reasons? And how could it come this far? These were the starting questions from director and hip hop star Didier Awadi. For several years he interviewed ex-presidents and ministers, important UN officials, writers, artists, historians, activists and lay migrants and refugees: 44 people who analyse the situation of their continent and they do not mince matters! The result is a decidedly Pan-African, deliberately subjective and revolutionary documentary whose power of impact leaves little to be desired.
This hard-hitting documentary will be screened as part of Cork’s first African film festival at 8PM in St. John’s College, Sawmill Street.
About the director – Didier Awadi (Senegal)
Didier Awadi, rapper, DJ and musician born in Dakar in 1969, is one of the pioneers of the hip hop movement in Senegal and West Africa. After his first group, Didier Awadi’s Syndicate, he founded in 1989 together with Amadou Barry, alias Doug-E-Tee, PBS (Positive Black Soul) and released the album Boul faalé in 1994 with worldwide success. In his three solo albums Kaddu gor (2001), Un autre monde est possible (2005) and Sunugaal (2006) as well as his latest project Président d´Afrique (2010), he reflects on pan-Africanism, advocates greater humanity in international politics and commemorates formative personalities of independent Africa.
“Technically speaking this is no Spielberg or Spike Lee film. Our goal is to bring across a pan-African message. Don’t expect any naive objectivity. Our intention is purely subjective. Our purpose is revolutionary. We stand by this.”
“African policies are determined from the outside, not by Africans themselves. They should be allowed to express what they think about current policies, colonisation, de-colonisation, foreign military bases on their territory, the colonial currency still used today, questions about migration. We welcome the whole world here, but nobody wants to welcome us anywhere. It is a hypocrisy that we must name, shame and fight against.” Didier Awadi in conversation with Olivier Barlet, Africultures