Touba

With unprecedented access and dynamic 16mm cinematography, Touba reveals a different face of Islam by chronicling Sufi Muslims’ annual pilgrimage to the city of Touba.

Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love

“Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love” is a music-infused cinematic journey about the power of one man’s voice to inspire change. Described by Rolling Stone as ‘‘a singer with a voice so extraordinary the history of Africa seems locked inside it.’’ Youssou Ndour bridges two worlds – that of a modern pop star, the highest selling African artist of all time, and a West African griot, a traditional musical storyteller. As a child, he followed in his grandmother’s footsteps and began singing at religious events; by the age of 23, he had become a household name from Europe to Asia. Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love as a deeply personal and religious album called Egypt in the hope of promoting a more tolerant face of Islam. He trespasses into the domain of revered traditional religious singers. Director Chai Vasarhelyi follows Ndour for over two years – filming in Africa, Europe, and America – to tell the story of how he faces these challenges and eventually wins over audiences both at home and abroad. [Synopsis courtesy of film’s official website]

Incorruptible

In the spring of 2011 Senegal plunged into crisis when President Abdoulaye Wade changed the constitution to allow himself a third term in office. A battle ensued between the incumbent president, opposition candidate Macky Sall and the Y’en A Marre, an artist-led youth movement determined to fight for their nation’s longstanding democratic ideals. [Synopsis courtesy of LA Film Festival]