Bon Voyage Sim

Director: Moustapha Alassane
Country: Niger
Year: 1966
Running Time: 5 min.
Language: French




This 1966 animation presents a charming narrative of politician frog Sim, president of “toad republic” and the wonders of traveling to countries during his presidential trip.

About the Director

Moustapha Alassane

moustalassBiography: Born in N’Dougou, Niger, Alassane first took a degree in Mechanics. In Niamey, he learned cinematographic techniques with Jean Rouch, who helped him to go study animation with Norman McLaren in Canada. He is one of the first filmmakers in Africa and made Niger a milestone in African Cinema. The first animated films in Sub-Saharan Africa are his. The frog is the main character in his animations and highlights his satiric eye on the social habits of his country. He directed approximately thirty animations, documentaries and fiction films. Retrospectives of his filmography have been presented in the most important festivals around the world. He led the Department of Cinema of the University of Niamey, for fifteen years, and was awarded the French Legion of Honour during the Cannes Film Festival in 2007.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Le Retour d’un aventurier [Return of an Adventurer] (2010);
Bon voyage, Sim (2010);
Adieu, Sim (2010).

La Bague du roi Koda (1962);
Aouré (1962);
La Pileuse de mil (1962);
Le Piroguier (1962);
L’Arachide de Sanchira (1964);
La Mort du Gandji (1965);
Le Retour d’un aventurier [Return of an Adventurer] (1966);
Bon voyage, Sim (1966);
Malbaza (1967);
Les Contrebandiers (1969);
Deela ou El Barka le conteur (1970);
Jamyya (1971);
F.V.V.A.: Femmes, Villas, Voitures, Argent (1972);
Abimbola ou Shaki (1972);
Siberi (1973);
Soubane (1974);
Toula ou Le Génie des eaux (1974);
Zaboa (1975);
Samba le grand (1977);
Agwane, mon village (1982);
Kankamba ou Le Semeur de discorde (1982);
Gourimou (1982);
Kokoa (1985);
Soolo (2000);
Adieu, Sim (2001);
Les Magiciens de l’Ader (2001);
Agaissa (2001);
Tagimba (2003).