RETURN TO GOREE \ 110 min \ Senegal

Retour à Gorée (Return to Goree) is a musical documentary featuring singer Youssou N'Dour's journey along the trail left by slaves and by the jazz music they invented.

With jazz being a product of the horrors of slavery, musician Youssou N'Dour returned to the slave route and the music they created, in search of new inspiration. Accompanied by the blind Swiss pianist Moncef Genoud and the Director of the Gorée House of Slaves Museum, Joseph N'Diaye, the Senegalese singer wrote new songs during this initiatory voyage which took him to the USA then to Europe. At Gorée, an island just off the Senegalese coast and symbol of the slave trade, his memorable concert marked the end of this quest and the start of a new challenge: making today's generation aware of the tragedy of slavery, the importance of not forgetting and the need for reconciliation.


Best Documentary - Pan African Film Festival

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Pierre-Yves Borgeaud

Pierre-Yves Borgeaud was born in 1963 in Monthey, Switzerland. He received his BA in 1990 from the University of Lausanne. In 1996, he received his certificate in film and video from New York University, Department of Film, Video & Broadcasting. He currently works as director, jazz drummer and journalist.

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