Soirée autour du cinema sénégalais

Evening on Senegalese Film

La Maison Française

Wednesday April 13 at 6:30 pm

La Maison Francaise, French Embassy, 4101 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington, DC

Free event, but reservation required; make reservations at:

IDs will be checked at the door. Parking available at the Embassy.



Dr. Françoise Pfaff, professor of French and Francophone Studies, Howard University, author of four books on African cinema, will present her latest work, A L’ECOUTE DU CINEMA SENEGALAIS (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2010), on Senegalese cinema 50 years after its emergence, explored in the voices and productions of filmmakers representing various generations and diverse cinematic trends. What does the new wave of directors have to say?


The book presentation (in English) will be followed by the screening of Mère-Bi (Mother, Senegal, 50 minutes, 2009, French and Wolof, English subtitles) by Ousmane William Mbaye.


This sensitive portrait by a son of his 82-year-old mother, Annette Mbaye d’Erneville, illustrates the life of Senegal’s first journalist and indefatigable defender of women’s rights. An innovative supporter of arts and culture, Mbaye d’Erneville founded the Musée de la Femme Henriette Bathily on Gorée Island and organized multiple symposia and film festivals, including RECIDAK (Rencontres Cinématographiques de Dakar). Her life and career are intertwined with events in the history of Senegal.


A reception follows the film, and Professor Pfaff will sign her new book, which will be available for purchase.



Mère-Bi (Mother), produced by Films Mame Yandé (Dakar), Autoproduction (Paris), and INA (Institut National de l’Audiovisuel, Paris), can be obtained through,


Mère-Bi has received awards at film festivals:



•       Mention spéciale : Prix du personnage, Compétition Documentaire long métrage Journées cinématographiques de Carthage 2008

•       Prix DGCD du Meilleur Documentaire   5ème Festival des Cinémas Africains de Bruxelles, Afrique Taille XL 2009

•       Mention Spéciale au Festival des ECRANS NOIRS de Yaoundé 2009

•       Grand Prix du Documentaire au festival « IMAGE et VIE » Dakar 2009

•       FEMI d’OR  2010 du Documentaire au Festival International du Cinéma de Guadeloupe

•       Prix du Meilleur Documentaire au FESTICAB (Burundi) 2010, and was featured at the opening night of the Festival du cinéma africain de Khouribga


Ousmane William Mbaye’s filmography:



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