Hotel Of Dreams

Director: Helle Toft Jensen
Country: Senegal and Denmark
Year: 2005
Running Time: 55 min
Language: French and Wolof



After 25 years in Europe, Jeannot divorces his European wife and returns to his native Senegal to realize his childhood dream of building a hotel in the heart of the coastal village of Popenguine. But Jeannot has become more Europeanized than he himself realizes. He talks about his countrymen as strangers and his very appearance sets him apart from the people he wants to be accepted by, making his project all the more difficult. Hotel of Dreams is a thought-provoking documentary that tackles with humor, insight, and the complex issues of globalization, culture, and identity.

About the Director

Helle Toft Jensen

hjensenBiography: Born in 1957 in Denmark, Helle Toft Jensen is a founding member of SPOR, founded in 1980 in order to promote inter-cultural understanding between the North and the South through film, educational materials, and web sites. Working there as a director and producer, she made several documentaries since 1979, which have been shown in numerous festivals around the globe. Other accomplishments include being a selecting member for Third World Films for national distribution, co-organizing film festivals in Copenhagen with films from the South, re-editing documentaries for Danish distribution, and conducting seminars for Danish NGOs on AV-communications.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Hotel of Dreams [Drømmenes hotel] (2006).

Free Fatherland or Die (1979);
Children of the Revolution (1980);
In the Shadow of the Bomb (1982);
We Can Become Everything (1983);
Little Grown-ups (1984);
Isabel c/o Denmark (1989);
Living Despite it All (1990);
Isabel on Her Way (1993);
Help? (1995);
Fading Away (1997);
Ancestors Online – A Journey into African Memory (2000-2002);
Now Listen Up (2005);
Hotel of Dreams [Drømmenes hotel] (2005).