Set to screen in the documentary competition at the Los Angeles Film Festival next month (June 10 through June 18), is “Incorruptible” from director: E. Chai Vasarhelyi. Its focus: on Senegal’s crisis-heavy 2011 presidential elections.
In short, at the time, Senegal’s former president of Senegal, Abdoulaye Wade’s second term in office saw his popularity take a beating, as many were upset by the lack of progress in dealing with infrastructure problems in the country as well as rising inflation. You might recall an item we posted here on S&A a few years ago, which mentioned criticism Wade faced for his commissioning of the gigantic and expensive African Renaissance Monument, later unveiled during Senegal’s 50th independence anniversary in April 2010, when Wade asserted that he’d essentially earned about 1/3 of any revenue generated by visitors to the statue, simply because he came up with the idea for it.
But that was just one matter of contention out of a handful; his proposals to amend the country’s constitution in his favor, also drew much criticism; Wade announced his intentions to stand for re-election for a 3rd term, even though the constitution limits presidential terms to two, which he already would have served.
However, the country’s Constitutional Council allowed him to go ahead with his bid for a third term, which, of course, was decried, both in Senegal and abroad, inspiring protests, although that failed to stop Wade from standing for re-election again, the following year.
He would seemingly receive the most votes – almost 35 percent – in a field of a dozen other candidates; the closest behind him being former prime minister Macky Sall, who won almost 27 percent of the vote.
And because a minimum of 50% is needed in order to avoid a second round of voting, a run-off election between Wade and Sall was held a month later, which eventually led to an overwhelming victory for Sall, who won about 66 percent of the vote.
Wade then stepped down in April.
That entire fiasco, we could call it, is the subject of director Vasarhelyi’s documentary, promising an unbiased work of investigative cinema journalism that captures the election and pro-democracy movement from both sides,
Vasarhelyi’s last work was a feature documentary also centered on a prominent Senegalese figure – the award-winning “Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love.”
Ahead of its LA Film Festival international premiere, check out its trailer embedded below:https://pdlvimeocdn-a.akamaihd.net/70639/807/347043539.mp4?token2=1430869375_71f2d1526d365e26087f28ede21a18ce&aksessionid=317b076553e9c4ee