directed by
Pierre-Yves Borgeaud

Writer(s)

Emmanuel Gétaz
Pierre-Yves Borgeaud

Technical data

Year: 2007
Language: French, English
Country: Luxembourg, Switzerland, Goree
Duration: 110min
Producers: Nicolas Steil - Iris Productions (LU);
Jean-Louis Porchet - Cab Productions (CH);
Emmanuel Gétaz - Dream Pixies (CH);
Distribution: Paul Thiltges Distribution (LU);
Wide Management Entreprise (International);
Parental advice: Tout public

Awards and festivals

Prix du Meilleur Documentaire, Pan African Film & Art Festival, Los Angeles - USA - 2008;

Prix du Public - Festival du Film Européen, Essonne - France - 2008;

Prix du Public - XXL EU Film Festival, Krems - Autriche - 2008

Prix du Cinéma Suisse 2008, "Best Documentary" - Suisse - 2008

Semaine du Film Documentaire organisée par le Centre Culturel Français à Abuja, NG - 2009;

Pan African Film & Art Festival, Los Angeles - Etats-Uni - 2008;

Festival Jazz et Cinéma Liège - Belgique - 2008;

World Film Festival Bangkok - Thailand - 2008;

AFRICALA - Festival de Cine Africano de la Ciudad de México - Mexique - 2008;

"Musik Nonstop", Goteborg International Film Festival (SE - 2008)

Nyon Visions du Réel Film Festival, (CH - 2007)

ReelWorld Film Festival (CA - 2007)

Durban International Film Festival, (ZA - 2007)

Locarno International Film Festival (CH - 2007)

Africa in the Picture Film Festival (NL - 2007)

DocBsAs FORUM for Producers and Directors From Latin America, (AR - 2007)

São Paulo International Film Festival (BR - 2007)

London bfi Film Festival, (UK - 2007)

In Edit Film Festival in Barcelona, (ES - 2007)

Festival Exil et Mémoire Dakar, (SN - 2007)

Caravan To Africa, (KR - 2007)

Festival du Film Européen, Essonne (FR - 2007)

EU Film Festival, Krems (AT - 2007)

Synopsis

Because jazz is the miraculous fruit of the horror of slavery, Youssou N'Dour goes back on the road of slaves and the music they created, in search of a new repertoire and a new way to interpret his songs.

Accompanied by the blind Swiss pianist Moncef Genoud and, at a distance, by the Conservator of the House of Slaves of Goree, Joseph Ndiaye, the Senegalese singer wrote new songs along this journey of initiation, which leads him to the United States, then Europe.

His quest ends in Goree, the symbolic island of the slave trade, where his tribute concert represents both a culmination and the beginning of a new challenge: to make known to the generations of today the tragedy of slavery, the duty of memory and the need for reconciliation.