THE PIROGUE \ 87 mins \ Senegal

In Moussa Toure’s powerful epic fiction film, a group of 30 men sail to Europe in a pirogue, facing the sea - and the possibility of never reaching their destination - in exchange for the myth of a better life in Europe. Baye Laye is the captain of a fishing pirogue. Like many of his Senegalese compatriots, he sometimes dreams of new horizons, where he can earn a better living for his family. When he is offered to lead one of the many pirogues that head towards Europe via the Canary Island, he reluctantly accepts the job, knowing full-well the dangers that lie ahead. Leading a group of 30 men who don't all speak the same language, some of whom have never seen the sea, Baye Laye will confront many perils in order to reach the distant coasts of Europe. 


Cannes Film Festival; African Diaspora International Film Festival; Carthage Film Festival

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Moussa Touré

Born in Senegal, Moussa Touré began his career as an electrician and assistant director. He shot his first short film in 1987 and followed it up in 1991 with his first feature film, TOUBAB-BI, which received several awards internationally. In 1987, he founded his own production company, Les Films du Crocodile (Dakar). The company primarily financed his documentary work, which were lauded critically and received many awards. In 1997, he directed TGV with Makéna Diop, Bernard Giraudeau and Philippine LeroyBeaulieu, which became a success in Africa. By the turn of the century, Touré had shot over ten projects, spanning shorts, documentaries and features. In 2002 he was at the initiative of the «Moussa Invite» film festival in Rufisque, Senegal. The festival is promoting African documentaries shot by African directors. In 2011 he was selected as President of the Jury for the Documentary section at the FESPACO (Panafrican Cinema Festival of Ouagadougou). 

All from this director.